A confrontation is an angry disagreement. You might become so irritated about your upstairs neighbor's loud, awful music that a confrontation is unavoidable.

Confrontation implies hostility, although like a fight, a confrontation can involve actual violence, or just a clash of words. A confrontation often refers to a military encounter involving opposing armies. This meaning became popular after the Cuban missile crisis in 1963. Before that, confrontation was used to mean "bringing two opposing parties face to face," from the Latin word confrontationem.

Definitions of confrontation

n discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions

Type of:
discord, dissension
disagreement among those expected to cooperate

n a hostile disagreement face-to-face

encounter, face-off, showdown
Type of:
the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing

n the act of hostile groups opposing each other

“the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions”
confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers
Type of:
group action in opposition to those in power

n a bold challenge

Type of:
a call to engage in a contest or fight

n a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison

Type of:
comparing, comparison
the act of examining resemblances

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