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confrontation (n.)

1630s, "action of bringing two parties face to face," for examination and discovery of the truth, from Medieval Latin confrontationem (nominative confrontatio), noun of action from past-participle stem of confrontari, from assimilated form of Latin com "with, together" (see con-) + frontem (nominative frons) "forehead" (see front (n.)). International political sense is attested from 1963 and traces to the "Cuban missile crisis" of the previous year.

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Definitions of confrontation

confrontation (n.)
a bold challenge;
confrontation (n.)
discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions;
confrontation (n.)
a hostile disagreement face-to-face;
Synonyms: encounter / showdown / face-off
confrontation (n.)
the act of hostile groups opposing each other;
the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions
Synonyms: opposition
confrontation (n.)
a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison;
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