• The giant, carrying his wife's remains, confronts Ram Singh
    The giant, carrying his wife's remains, confronts Ram Singh
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n confrontation a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison
    • n confrontation the act of hostile groups opposing each other "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions","the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
    • n confrontation a hostile disagreement face-to-face
    • n confrontation discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions
    • n confrontation a bold challenge
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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
    • n Confrontation Act of confronting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n confrontation The act of confronting. The act of bringing face to face for examination and discovery of truth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Confrontation the bringing of people face to face
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  • John Dewey
    “We only think when we are confronted with problems.”
  • Woody Allen
    “Comedy just pokes at problems, rarely confronts them squarely. Drama is like a plate of meat and potatoes, comedy is rather the dessert, a bit like meringue.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    “Let us move from the era of confrontation to the era of negotiation.”
  • Quentin Crisp
    “Whenever we confront an unbridled desire we are surely in the presence of a tragedy-in-the-making.”
  • Jerry Gillies
    Jerry Gillies
    “Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.”
  • Roland Barthes
    “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.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. confrontatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. confronter—Low L.,—L. con, together, and frons, the front. See Front.


In literature:

But even five dollars will not last for ever, and the time came when once more the grim face of toil confronted me.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
When I confronted him and ordered him to throw down his gun, he promptly obeyed.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
The Negro confronts destiny.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
Again the chance for confession confronted him and again his tongue was tied.
"Steve and the Steam Engine" by Sara Ware Bassett
With a smiling face she confronted the future.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
He was confronted with the intricate business of forgiving himself.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
We were now confronted with a range of actual mountains.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
One immediate duty alone confronted her.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
This is the problem that confronts all hypnotists.
"A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis" by Melvin Powers
Confronted with evidence of guilt, discloses, on promise of immunity from prosecution, hiding-place of gold-dust.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe

In poetry:

On their confronting walls were posted
Placards in glaring type,
Whereof there was not one but boasted
Truth full—grown, round, and ripe.
"Two Visions" by Alfred Austin
Stern Massachusetts Bay uplifts her form,
Boston the tale of Lexington repeats,
With breast unarmored she confronts the storm--
New England England meets.
"Arms And The Man - The Embattled Colonies" by James Barron Hope
The Thunderbolts of Heaven's potent Sway
Gather and break, but never can dismay
When Indestructible Resistless meets,
The Please Remit confronts the Cannot Pay.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Daily such splendors to confront
Is still to me and you sent?
It glowed as when Saint Peter's front,
Illumed, forgets its stony wont,
And seems to throb translucent.
"Gold Egg: A Dream-Fantasy" by James Russell Lowell
But one brigade, early in the forenoon, order'd forward to engage the
Of that brigade I tell, and how steadily it march'd,
And how long and how well it stood, confronting death.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman
Backward he stept to see the clay:
His visage grew white and sear;
No beauty ideal confronted the day,
No Psyche from upper sphere,
But a once loved shape that in darkness lay,
Buried a lonesome year!
"The Unseen Model" by George MacDonald

In news:

Ohio man removed after confronting Peterson in court.
Tuesday night was the first time people were able to confront the West Shore Pipe Line company about the spill.
This brings about a perspective that doesn't confront, but forces audiences to find something new in the situations he presents.
After a lifelong battle, musician Alvin Slaughter overcame his fears by confronting his own faulty thinking.
Three weeks ago, my family confronted serious illness.
Why not confront fakers directly.
In the fourth season of the Showtime comedy, Jackie finally faces the music when she confronts her addiction and troubled marriage.
Do you have some Daddy Issues that you need to confront. freelance writer Ebonie Johnson Cooper explains how confronting her Daddy issues helped her move on in life.
It happens every 46 seconds, a woman is attacked or sexually assaulted but would you know what to do if you were confronted.
While it confronts Iran's nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration also has tried to finger Iran as a supplier of munitions and training for insurgent groups in neighboring Iraq.
Video from confrontation at Brunnenstraße 183, Berlin.
In the latest confrontation over a proposed railyard on Long Beach's western border, more than 100 people rallied to oppose the project Thursday night, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports.
Sets up a confrontation with a more reluctant Germany at a European summit in Brussels.
Rider of the missing $1,000 bike, spotted on the street, gave it up when confronted with a police.

In science:

A direct confrontation of all (theoretical and observed) PECs for neutral 4-unit charge systems reveals that theorists may well have been wrong footed by nature on how the interpret molecular hydrogen H2.
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen
This rate, when confronted with the gamma-ray data (dashed line in Fig. B.4 and B.5) is too large: the COMPTEL gammaray data worsen an already serious problem.
Are Ti44-Producing Supernovae Exceptional?
However, the confrontation of theory and experiment just referred to is at best indirect and model-dependent.
Orientation-Dependent Transparency of Metallic Interfaces
The scale of discreteness is then fixed which, since it must be small enough, can already be confronted with observations.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes
Will, The confrontation between general relativity and experiment, Living Rev.
New Regions for a Chameleon to Hide