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
  1. noun
    discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
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    type of:
    discord, dissension
    disagreement among those expected to cooperate
  2. noun
    a hostile disagreement face-to-face
    synonyms: encounter, face-off, showdown
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    type of:
    the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing
  3. noun
    the act of hostile groups opposing each other
    “the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions”
    synonyms: opposition
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    confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers
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    group action in opposition to those in power
  4. noun
    a bold challenge
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    type of:
    challenge, gauntlet
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
  5. noun
    a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison
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    type of:
    comparing, comparison
    the act of examining resemblances
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