confront

Definitions

  • The giant, carrying his wife's remains, confronts Ram Singh
    The giant, carrying his wife's remains, confronts Ram Singh
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v confront deal with (something unpleasant) head on "You must confront your problems","He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
    • v confront present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize "We confronted him with the evidence","He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions","An enormous dilemma faces us"
    • v confront oppose, as in hostility or a competition "You must confront your opponent","Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring","The two enemies finally confronted each other"
    • v confront be face to face with "The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The butler confronting William on the doorstep The butler confronting William on the doorstep
Bear confronting man Bear confronting man

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Confront To put face to face; to cause to face or to meet; as, to confront one with the proofs of his wrong doing.
    • Confront To set in opposition for examination; to put in contrast; to compare. "When I confront a medal with a verse, I only show you the same design executed by different hands."
    • Confront To stand facing or in front of; to face; esp. to face hostilely; to oppose with firmness. "We four, indeed, confronted were with four
      In Russian habit."
      "He spoke and then confronts the bull.""Hester caught hold of Pearl, and drew her forcibly into her arms, confronting the old Puritan magistrate with almost a fierce expression.""It was impossible at once to confront the might of France and to trample on the liberties of England."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • confront To stand facing; be in front of; face.
    • confront To stand in direct opposition to; meet in hostility; oppose; challenge.
    • confront To set face to face; bring into the presence of, as for proof or verification: followed by with: as, the accused was confronted with the witness, or with the body of his victim.
    • confront To set together for comparison; bring into contrast: with with.
    • n confront Opposition; an opposing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Confront kon-frunt′ to stand in front of: to face: to oppose: to bring face to face: to compare
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Quotations

  • Angela Carter
    Angela%20Carter
    “The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.”
  • John Dewey
    John%20Dewey
    “We only think when we are confronted with problems.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    Richard%20M.%20Nixon
    “Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    Quentin%20Crisp
    “Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.”
  • Roland Barthes
    Roland%20Barthes
    “To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    Mahatma%20Gandhi
    “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. confronter,; L. con-, + frons, the forehead or front. See Front
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. confronter—Low L.,—L. con, together, and frons, the front. See Front.

Usage

In literature:

Nothing, if you meet it in the frame of mind with which you confront everyday matters.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
Confronting, thus intimately, the enormity she proposed, she was shocked.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
Le Clerc, the resident Agent, was himself summoned before the Council at Hampton Court, and confronted with de Novion.
"Sir Walter Ralegh" by William Stebbing
Zebek-Dorchi was confronted with a difficult task.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
The dark form of Basil, silhouetted by the moonlight, was confronting him.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
No weather was too grewsome for her to confront, and no representation too unpromising for her to be allured by.
"Vagabondia" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Flushing, Harry turned to confront the intruder.
"This Crowded Earth" by Robert Bloch
When he turned in his seat and confronted him, the Judge lost his breath.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
He opened the door and found himself confronting the rubicund countenance and imposing form of Heriot Walkingshaw.
"The Prodigal Father" by J. Storer Clouston
She stood confronting him and his knowledge with a face that never flinched.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Hence its bewilderment when it turns to the living and is confronted with organization.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
Hardly had they reached it when a new peril confronted them.
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
A strange silence rested on the place, as the two boys confronted each other.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
He thought with great rapidity, turning the thing over in his mind as he stood confronting her.
"No Clue" by James Hay
When he saw the cleft in the rocky flank of Star Peak, he walked straight to the black hole which confronted him.
"The Flaming Jewel" by Robert W. Chambers
Suddenly she was confronted with the wise woman who spoke with her not long ago.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
Yet this was the fact that confronted them.
"Brand Blotters" by William MacLeod Raine
The emigration left her to confront alone the vengeance of the people.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
It was known that the French-British armies confronted German armies of equal, if not of superior strength.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Miko was now confronting me; at the door Moa stood watching.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
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In poetry:

I stand alone here. Heavily
My thoughts go back. Had I not gone,
The dead had still been dead!--for none
Had yet believed his story--he,
My dead-deemed brother, Hamilton,
Who in the spy confronted me.
"The Brothers" by Madison Julius Cawein
He stood like a god; with creating hand
He struck the formless clay:
"Psyche, arise," he said, "and stand;
In beauty confront the day.
I have sought nor found thee in any land;
I call thee: arise; obey!"
"The Unseen Model" by George MacDonald
Who do you think that was, marching steadily, sternly confronting
death?
It was the brigade of the youngest men, two thousand strong,
Rais'd in Virginia and Maryland, and many of them known personally to
the General.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman
Through some dark woods, 'mid bones of monsters, Hugh now strays,
As he confronts the storm with anguished heart, but manly brow —
Oh! what a sword-wound to that tender heart of his, were now
A backward glance at peaceful days!
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan
I will confront these shows of the day and night!
I will know if I am to be less than they!
I will see if I am not as majestic as they!
I will see if I am not as subtle and real as they!
I will see if I am to be less generous than they!
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
The order of the macrocosmic spaces,
The outward calm of their remote occasions,
Has lost all interest in our confusion;
Our inner regimen has given way;
The subatomic gulfs confront our lives
With the cold stare of their eternal silence.
"Kairos and Logos" by W H Auden

In news:

We Need Freedom of Action To Confront Peak Oil The Nation.
We confront one of two probabilities here: Either Leppo was an early method man and very dedicated to staying in character, or else this carnival was exploiting a bona fide crazy person as its geek.
The forensic detail of two forceful confrontations.
But she soon confronted Indian feminists and Hindu fundamentalists , who opposed the new fascination with pageants for very different reasons.
In this interview, he talks about the moral dilemma he and Gen Dallaire confronted after the world had left Rwanda to its fate: What do you do in the face of evil.
INTERVIEWS Confrontational British Punks, Gallows .
The scene about to unfold had the potential of a classic World Series confrontation.
A man was arrested Sunday morning in Pontiac after a confrontation over a dog fight that left a pit - 8:59 pm.
How can we resolve the issues of biotechnology and the ethical consequences we now regularly confront.
Instead, he is confronting the problems head on.
Glazer an eyewitness to Ryan-fan confrontation.
The vice president accuses the Republican nominee of favoring confrontation over cooperation in foreign policy.
Mahmoud Safadi, a resident of Majdal Shams who watched the confrontations, said the army had responded with excessive force.
A new exhibit by Toledo artist Crystal Gale Phelps will encourage viewers to reflect on and confront their own mortality.
The letter from Paul Trewhela about South Africa is seriously misleading, confusing the serious question of confronting HIV-AIDS in South Africa with a polemical and partisan attack on President Mbeki.
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In science:

The latter shock confronts a third outward moving shock produced as gas of uniform (post-reset) density falls toward the origin, reflecting as a shock.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
Furthermore, in Theorem 2, we will confront more precisely what it means to be a generic ob ject for a class of central simple algebras.
Generic algebras with involution of degree 8m
The approach referred to here as ’algebraic’ is what is more commonly known as the field of ’exact solutions’. A reasonable strategy when confronted with unfamiliar differential equations is to look for solutions in terms of elementary functions.
Applications of the theory of evolution equations to general relativity
As for the components of 4D orbital angular momentum tensor, we have to be confronted with the notion of time operator, which will be discussed in our later paper.
New interpretation to zitterbewegung
But I would expect that —confronted with a simple and successful model— most scientists would, at least, say: Hum! and ask good questions.
Optical and X-ray Afterglows in the Cannonball Model of GRBs
We have therefore confronted the theoretical results of the EMBH model with the data of GRB 991216 as a prototypical case (see Fig. 4).
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
The idea of quintessence was proposed in order to allow the presence of an non zero dark energy, as suggested by observations, without being confronted to the dramatic fine-tuni ng problem of the cosmological constant.
Cosmological parameters estimation in the Quintessence Paradigm
With the lack of direct observational information and being confronted with the fact that our knowledge about the physics in collapsing stellar cores is incomplete, there is no alternative to systematically explore the space of possibilities by hydrodynamical simulations.
Explosion Mechanisms of Massive Stars
Since the band gap of the host material and the position of the transition metal d states are crucial in the description of these diluted magnetic semiconductors, there is the necessity to confront the LSDA description with alternative approaches.
Self-interaction effects in (Ga,Mn)As and (Ga,Mn)N
The results allow us to elucidate the nature of the void phenomenon (Kirshner et al. 1981; Rood 1988 and references therein; Peebles 2001) in the CDM model that is confronted with the observation.
The Probability Distribution Function of Light in the Universe: Results from Hydrodynamic Simulations
Analytic results are confronted to numerical simulations in Sect.
Perturbing General Uncorrelated Networks
Other approximation schemes such as self-consistent perturbation theory, and the Hartree-Fock approximation perform poorly when confronted with known exact results and numerical simulations.
Perturbation theory for the effective diffusion constant in a medium of random scatterer
Several candidates for dark energy haven proposed and confronted with observations: a purely cosmological constant, quintessence with a single field (see for earliest papers) or two coupled fields , k-essence scalar fields, and phantom energy .
Large-scale inhomogeneities in modified Chaplygin gas cosmologies
The quantitative evolution is confronted with the predictions of simple electron acceleration models featuring the soft-hard-soft behaviour.
The spectral evolution of impulsive solar X-ray flares. II.Comparison of observations with models
We are not aware of any progress on this problem and encourage the reader to confront this challenge.
QCD, Chiral Random Matrix Theory and Integrability
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