confrontation confrontation  /ˌkɑnf rən ˈteɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) a bold challenge
  2. (n) discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
  3. (n) a hostile disagreement face-to-face
  4. (n) the act of hostile groups opposing each other
  5. (n) a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison


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  1. Speaker expelled: County meeting confrontation

    The aftermath of a medical emergency Wednesday morning created a confrontation between Edgar County Board Chairman Chris Patrick and Kirk Allen.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Paris Beacon-News

  2. Police shoot man in South Boston after gun confrontation; one officer is hurt

    A man in his 50s was shot by police and an officer was hurt during a confrontation in South Boston on Wednesday night, authorities said.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Boston Globe

  3. Men Say Officers Used Anti-Gay Slurs During Confrontation In Brooklyn

    A nasty confrontation between three young gay men and police — which was caught on video — was the subject of an angry news conference outside One Police Plaza this afternoon.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS New York


  1. "The situation in the Osh region has spun out of control," Otunbayeva told reporters. "Attempts to establish a dialogue have failed, and fighting and rampages are continuing. We need outside forces to quell confrontation."
    on Jun 11, 2010 By: Roza Otunbayeva Source: USA Today

  2. In his statement, Obama said the embassy sacking "helped set the United States and Iran on a path of sustained suspicion, mistrust and confrontation."
    on Nov 5, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: Politico

  3. McCormack added: "We hope the Iranian people understand that their leaders need to make a choice between cooperation, which would bring benefits to all, and confrontation, which can only led to further isolation."
    on Jul 19, 2008 By: Sean McCormack Source: Washington Post

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