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rencounter

[ren-koun-ter]
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noun Also rencontre.
  1. a hostile meeting; battle.
  2. a contest of any kind.
  3. a casual meeting.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to encounter casually.
  2. Obsolete. to meet hostilely.
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Origin of rencounter

From the Middle French word rencontrer, dating back to 1495–1505. See re-, encounter
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Examples from the Web for rencounter

Historical Examples

  • It is difficult to say whether the man or the beast expressed most surprise at the rencounter.

    Ungava

    R.M. Ballantyne

  • But really the possible alternatives of rencounter are far less numerous.

  • What next was to be done, was to beg directions for the rencounter.

  • The rencounter between free labor and slave labor was very much like that now on between capitalists and labor organizations.

    The Brothers' War

    John Calvin Reed

  • The rencounter came at a heavy moment, one of all moments calculated to permit its impact with the least emotional shock.


British Dictionary definitions for rencounter

rencounter

noun Also: rencontre (rɛnˈkɒntə)
  1. an unexpected meeting
  2. a hostile clash, as of two armies, adversaries, etc; skirmish
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verb
  1. to meet (someone) unexpectedly
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Word Origin

C16: from French rencontre, from rencontrer; see encounter
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