verb (used with object), out·faced, out·fac·ing.
  1. to cause to submit by or as if by staring down; face or stare down.
  2. to face or confront boldly; defy.

Origin of outface

First recorded in 1520–30; out- + face
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Historical Examples of outface

  • It would have taken a man of supernerve to outface that situation.

  • It was as if something divine within me awoke to outface the desolation.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • Helene herself, with her weak will, would be unable to outface her family.

  • And in this matter I shall be ready to outface him at all hazards.

  • It is impossible to outface Milton, or to abash him with praise.


    Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh

British Dictionary definitions for outface


verb (tr)
  1. to face or stare down
  2. to confront boldly or defiantly
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Word Origin and History for outface

1520s, from out (adv.) + face (v.). Related: Outfaced; outfacing.

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