[ kon-fruhn-tey-shuhn, -fruhn- ]
/ ˌkɒn frənˈteɪ ʃən, -frʌn- /
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an act of confronting.
the state of being confronted.
a meeting of persons face to face.
an open conflict of opposing ideas, forces, etc.
a bringing together of ideas, themes, etc., for comparison.
Psychology. a technique used in group therapy, as in encounter groups, in which one is forced to recognize one's shortcomings and their possible consequences.
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Rarely con·front·al [kon-fruhn-tl], /kɒnˈfrʌn tl/, con·front·ment [kon-fruhnt-muhnt] /kɒnˈfrʌnt mənt/ .

Origin of confrontation

First recorded in 1625–35; confront + -ation; compare Medieval Latin confrontātiō, French, Middle French confrontation

OTHER WORDS FROM confrontation

non·con·fron·ta·tion, nounre·con·fron·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for confrontation


archaic confrontment (kɒnˈfrʌntmənt)

/ (ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃən) /

the act or an instance of confronting
a situation of mutual hostility between two powers or nations without open warfare
a state of conflict between two antagonistic forces, creeds, or ideas etc

Derived forms of confrontation

confrontational, adjective
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