[ 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.

Origin of confrontation

1625–35; confront + -ation; compare Medieval Latin confrontātiō, French, Middle French confrontation

OTHER WORDS FROM confrontation

non·con·fron·ta·tion, noun re·con·fron·ta·tion, noun

Example sentences from the Web for confrontation

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 forms of confrontation

confrontational, adjective