Definition of confrontation in English:


Line breaks: con|fron|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃn


  • 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
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    • People are coming here to have a violent confrontation with the police.
    • This new workers' organisation was forced into violent confrontation with the state.
    • He could then, very easily, make the confrontation with the Centre an issue and go back to the people.
    conflict, clash, brush, fight, battle, contest, encounter, head-to-head, face-off, engagement, tangle, skirmish, collision, meeting, duel, incident, high noon; hostilities, fighting, warring
    informal set-to, run-in, dust-up, shindig, shindy, showdown
    British informal , Football afters
    archaic rencounter
  • 1.1A 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
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    • In between are stern confrontations with the scratch side Rugby Canada, Canadas East and West and United States A.
    • Such a pressure confrontation for a young player in his first season in England might be full of concerns.
    • That day, the South Africans betrayed the glorious history of one of sport's classic confrontations.

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