Definition of confrontation in English:

confrontation

noun

  • 1A hostile or argumentative situation or meeting between opposing parties:

    ‘a confrontation with the legislature’
    [mass noun] ‘four months of violent confrontation between government and opposition forces’
    • ‘The bank disclosed her new address, forcing her to move again in a hurry to avoid a confrontation with her husband.’
    • ‘I had enough on my mind without having to have a confrontation with him right now.’
    • ‘People are coming here to have a violent confrontation with the police.’
    • ‘This new workers' organisation was forced into violent confrontation with the state.’
    • ‘A confrontation with a group of youths drove her to fire the weapon at the pavement near one teenager's feet.’
    • ‘It is a grotesque confrontation with the reality of life and death.’
    • ‘Yet for all its confrontation with sex, drugs and sin, this book strongly affirms the human.’
    • ‘It's supposed to give us freedom of action in a confrontation with a nuclear-armed state.’
    • ‘They were thought to be preparing for a confrontation with former associates who had set up a rival drugs gang.’
    • ‘It would not have been fitting for him to die a martyr's death in a fiery confrontation with authority.’
    • ‘The confrontation with the court represents the first test of the new administration, analysts say.’
    • ‘The first ran out of the facility in anger after a confrontation with another female.’
    • ‘This confrontation with our mortality also occurs when someone close to us dies.’
    • ‘I thought it wise not to engage in any further confrontation with the gentleman on the issue.’
    • ‘The others are getting into it a bit more, the confrontations, scheming and arguments have started and we're barely a week in to the show.’
    • ‘In fact, she had been avoiding him since the confrontation with the paint stick.’
    • ‘If he fails to do so, he runs the risk of a confrontation with the people of the State.’
    • ‘He could then, very easily, make the confrontation with the Centre an issue and go back to the people.’
    • ‘The logic of events will lead them to a confrontation with the West.’
    • ‘But, I do know that a swan is not the sort of beast you want a confrontation with.’
    conflict, clash, brush, fight, battle, contest, encounter, head-to-head, face-off, engagement, tangle, skirmish, collision, meeting, duel, incident, high noon
    hostilities, fighting, warring
    set-to, run-in, dust-up, shindig, shindy, showdown
    afters
    rencounter
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    1. 1.1 A situation where two players or sides compete to win a sporting contest:
      ‘the race promised a classic confrontation between the two top runners in the world’
      • ‘This is shaping up to be a classic confrontation between the big server against the master returner.’
      • ‘Kerry and Cork confrontations normally generate a good degree of passion but this contest failed dismally on that score.’
      • ‘The outdoor season promises more such confrontations.’
      • ‘That day, the South Africans betrayed the glorious history of one of sport's classic confrontations.’
      • ‘He never shuns a confrontation and is an inspiration to the rest of the players’
      • ‘Such a pressure confrontation for a young player in his first season in England might be full of concerns.’
      • ‘In between are stern confrontations with the scratch side Rugby Canada, Canadas East and West and United States A.’
      struggle, conflict, collision, clash, battle, fight, combat, tussle, skirmish, duel, race
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Pronunciation:

confrontation

/ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃn/