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Definitions for confrontation
ˌkɒn frənˈteɪ ʃən, -frʌn-con·fronta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. confrontationnoun

    a bold challenge

  2. confrontationnoun

    discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions

  3. confrontation, encounter, showdown, face-offnoun

    a hostile disagreement face-to-face

  4. confrontation, oppositionnoun

    the act of hostile groups opposing each other

    "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"

  5. confrontationnoun

    a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison


  1. confrontationnoun

    The act of confronting or challenging another, especially face-to-face

  2. confrontationnoun

    A conflict between armed forces

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Confrontationnoun

    The act of bringing two evidences face to face.

    Etymology: French.


  1. Confrontation

    Confrontation is an element of conflict wherein parties confront one another, directly engaging one another in the course of a dispute between them. A confrontation can be at any scale, between any number of people, between entire nations or cultures, or between living things other than humans. Metaphorically, a clash of forces of nature, or between one person and his own causes of internal turmoil, might be described as a confrontation. It has been noted that the term confrontation has "a negative image, largely because people tend to confront others not about pleasant things but about painful, unpleasant things" and that it also "suffers from the stigma of being overly aggressive in both nature and intent". An examination of a hypothetical confrontation is the basis of confrontation analysis (also known as dilemma analysis), an operational analysis technique used to structure, understand and think through multi-party interactions such as negotiations. It is the underpinning mathematical basis of drama theory.


  1. confrontation

    Confrontation is a situation or an occasion in which there is a direct conflict, disagreement, or dispute between parties. It usually involves opposing ideas, actions, or people who challenge each other face-to-face, either verbally or physically. Confrontation can occur in various contexts like personal relationships, workplace, negotiations or global political scenarios.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Confrontationnoun

    act of confrontating

  2. Etymology: [LL. confrontatio.]


  1. Confrontation

    Confrontation is a tactical fantasy miniature wargaming in which the combatants are represented by metal figures in 28 mm scale. For comparison purposes, the system's figures are slightly larger than those of Games Workshop or The Foundry. The game is set in Aarklash, a world of medieval fantasy where knights, wizards, priests and barbarians fight each other as well as fantastic creatures such as wolfen, elves, orcs, goblins and the undead. The entire world is at war and all are fighting for the supremacy of the continent. The rules are intended to be versatile, and are able to represent a small fight between a handful of warriors just as well as a large skirmish between several dozen soldiers and their leaders. The last rules were in its fourth edition, a single hardback edition. The first edition was only available in French, German and Italian, while the second was available in French, German, Italian, English and Spanish. Rackham collapsed in 2010 but several companies decided to continue the Confrontation line. Legacy Miniatures started to reanimate the line in 2011. They have even produced some brand-new miniatures that had not been in the market due to Rackham liquidation. In April 2012, CoolMiniOrNot announced via Ravage magazine that they would be publishing a new edition of Confrontation based on the 3rd edition rules.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'confrontation' in Nouns Frequency: #2653

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of confrontation in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of confrontation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of confrontation in a Sentence

  1. Bob Menendez:

    I do think it's important for Ukraine to prevail in the national interest of United States, I just don't think a no-fly zone or direct confrontation is what's necessary to do that.

  2. Prime Minister Habib Essid:

    We don't need to push reforms in an atmosphere of confrontation, we need to have a good climate to attract foreign investment.

  3. Sam Bateman:

    There is a real risk of a confrontation between China and the U.S. that the U.S. might have to withdraw from, i'm not sure what their end-game is.

  4. The US:

    We have seen in the past that Iran's reliance on its proxies is probably the main tool at its disposal to deter a direct attack or avoid a direct confrontation, we are likely to see this as a main possibility and the main risk of confrontation -- direct confrontation -- between the The US and Iran.

  5. Ross Chatwin:

    There has been no confrontation, they are allowing everyone to come in freely.

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Translations for confrontation

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • противопоставяне, биткаBulgarian
  • Gegenüberstellung, KonfrontationGerman
  • αντιμετώπισηGreek
  • رویارویی - مواجههPersian
  • konfrontaatio, yhteenottoFinnish
  • confrontationFrench
  • עימותHebrew
  • scontro, confronto, braccio di ferroItalian
  • 対決Japanese
  • tûşîbûn, rûbirûbûn, به‌ره‌نگار, şer, به‌ره‌نگاربوونه‌وه‌, pevçûnKurdish
  • confrontatieDutch
  • konfrontacjaPolish
  • briga, confrontoPortuguese
  • противоборство, конфронтация, столкновение, противостояниеRussian
  • ballafaqim, kundërvënieAlbanian
  • konfrontationSwedish
  • மோதலைTamil
  • تصادمUrdu

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    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    A purse
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