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1. A hostile or argumentative situation or meeting between opposing parties.

2. A situation where two players or sides compete to win a sporting contest.

3. The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face-to-face.

4. A conflict involving armed forces (i.e. a nuclear confrontation).

5. Discord or a clash of opinions and ideas (i.e. an age of ideological confrontation).

6. A situation in which people or groups with opposing ideas or opinions disagree angrily.

7. A state of conflict between two antagonistic forces, creeds, or ideas, etc.

8. An act of confronting.

9. The state of being confronted.

10. A fight or argument.

11. A face-to-face, usually hostile meeting.

12. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a situation of mutual hostility between two powers or nations without open warfare.

13. A state of open, prolonged fighting.

14. A situation in which people, groups, etc., fight, oppose, or challenge each other in an angry way.
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.
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by The Dark Centurion June 30, 2018
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