AskDefine | Define confrontation

Dictionary Definition



1 a bold challenge
2 discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
3 a hostile disagreement face-to-face [syn: encounter, showdown, face-off]
4 the act of opposing groups confronting each other; "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition" [syn: opposition]
5 a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The act of confronting or challenging another, especially face-to-face
  2. A conflict between armed forces


The act of confronting or challenging another, especially face-to-face
  • Albanian: ballafaqim
  • Finnish: konfrontaatio
  • German: Konfrontation, Gegenüberstellung
  • Hebrew: עימות ('ymut)
  • Kurdish:
A conflict between armed forces
  • Albanian: kundërvënie
  • Finnish: yhteenotto
  • German: Konfrontation
  • Kurdish:

Extensive Definition

Confrontation may refer to:

See also

confrontation in French: Confrontation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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