confrontation

[ kon-fruh n-tey-shuh n, -fruhn- ]
/ ˌkɒn frənˈteɪ ʃən, -frʌn- /

noun

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.

Origin of confrontation

1625–35; confront + -ation; compare Medieval Latin confrontātiō, French, Middle French confrontation
Related formsnon·con·fron·ta·tion, nounre·con·fron·ta·tion, noun
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confrontation

archaic confrontment (kɒnˈfrʌntmənt)

/ (ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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 Formsconfrontational, adjective
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