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[kuh n-fruhnt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to face in hostility or defiance; oppose: The feuding factions confronted one another.
  2. to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face: They confronted him with evidence of his crime.
  3. to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing: The two long-separated brothers confronted each other speechlessly.
  4. to be in one's way: the numerous obstacles that still confronted him.
  5. to bring together for examination or comparison.
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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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verb (tr)
  1. (usually foll by with) to present or face (with something), esp in order to accuse or criticize
  2. to face boldly; oppose in hostility
  3. to be face to face with; be in front of
  4. to bring together for comparison
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Derived Formsconfronter, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Medieval Latin confrontārī to stand face to face with, from frons forehead
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Word Origin and History for confront


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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