confront

[kuh n-fruhnt]

verb (used with object)

to face in hostility or defiance; oppose: The feuding factions confronted one another.
to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face: They confronted him with evidence of his crime.
to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing: The two long-separated brothers confronted each other speechlessly.
to be in one's way: the numerous obstacles that still confronted him.
to bring together for examination or comparison.

Nearby words

  1. conformity,
  2. confound,
  3. confounded,
  4. confraternity,
  5. confrere,
  6. confrontation,
  7. confrontational,
  8. confrontationist,
  9. confrontative,
  10. confrère

Origin of confront

1595–1605; < Medieval Latin confrontārī, equivalent to Latin con- con- + -frontārī, derivative of Latin frōns forehead, front

Related formscon·front·al, con·front·ment, nouncon·front·er, nounre·con·front, verb (used with object)un·con·front·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for confront

confront

verb (tr)

(usually foll by with) to present or face (with something), esp in order to accuse or criticize
to face boldly; oppose in hostility
to be face to face with; be in front of
to bring together for comparison
Derived Formsconfronter, noun

Word Origin for confront

C16: from Medieval Latin confrontārī to stand face to face with, from frons forehead

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Word Origin and History for confront

confront

v.

1560s, "to stand in front of," from Middle French confronter (15c.), from Medieval Latin confrontare "assign limits, adjoin," from Latin com- "together" (see com-) + frontem (nominative frons) "forehead" (see front (n.)). Sense of "to face in defiance or hostility" is late 16c. Related: Confronted; confronting.

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