- 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
Examples from the Web for confrontation
Their confrontation at dinner was, without a doubt, the highlight of the episode.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
A video of the confrontation shot by a bystander shows Garner surrounded by a group of police officers.After No Indictment for Eric Garner Killer, Is NYC the Next Ferguson?
December 3, 2014
I need some stimulation in my blood,” Bergesio says, “and here you have confrontation.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Charles Barkley has never been one to shy away from confrontation both on and off the basketball court.Charles Barkley Is Right on ‘Acting White’
October 29, 2014
It was there, Walker pointed out, that the two of them had the overblown “confrontation” that had now taken over his life.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
After a period of confrontation, we are entering an era of negotiation.
They confronted him with Enriquez, and the confrontation no whit disturbed him.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
The impression from the confrontation must be a sudden one, give a shock!Three Plays
Kaltofen was at once re-arrested, and brought into confrontation with Kiessling.
On confrontation with the latter he repeated what he had said.
archaic confrontment (kɒnˈfrʌntmənt)
- 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
Word Origin and History for confrontation
1630s, "action of bringing two parties face to face," from Medieval Latin confrontationem, noun of action from past participle stem of confrontare (see confront). International political sense is attested from 1963 and traces to the "Cuban missile crisis" of the previous year.