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CONFRONTATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does confrontation mean? 

CONFRONTATION (noun)
  The noun CONFRONTATION has 5 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: CONFRONTATION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONFRONTATION (noun)


Sense 1confrontation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A bold challenge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("confrontation" is a kind of...):

challenge (a call to engage in a contest or fight)


Sense 2confrontation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("confrontation" is a kind of...):

discord; dissension (disagreement among those expected to cooperate)


Sense 3confrontation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A hostile disagreement face-to-face

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

face-off; showdown; confrontation; encounter

Hypernyms ("confrontation" is a kind of...):

disagreement (the speech act of disagreeing or arguing or disputing)


Sense 4confrontation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of hostile groups opposing each other

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

opposition; confrontation

Context examples:

the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions / the invaders encountered stiff opposition

Hypernyms ("confrontation" is a kind of...):

resistance (group action in opposition to those in power)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "confrontation"):

strikebreaking (confrontational activities intended to break up a strike by workers)


Sense 5confrontation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("confrontation" is a kind of...):

comparing; comparison (examining resemblances or differences)


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