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


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.

Nearby words

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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsconfrontational, adjective

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