marriage encounter WORD ORIGIN noun See under.
Origin of marriage encounter First recorded in 1970–75 encounter [en-koun-ter] verb (used with object) to come upon or meet with, especially unexpectedly: to encounter a new situation. to meet with or contend against (difficulties, opposition, etc.): We encounter so many problems in our work. to meet (a person, military force, etc.) in conflict: We will encounter the enemy at dawn. verb (used without object) to meet, especially unexpectedly or in conflict: We were angry when we encountered, but we parted with smiles. noun a meeting with a person or thing, especially a casual, unexpected, or brief meeting: Our running into each other was merely a chance encounter. a meeting of persons or groups that are in conflict or opposition; combat; battle: Another such encounter and we may lose the war. Psychology. a meeting of two or more people, as the members of anor a number of married couples (marriage encounter), conducted to promote direct emotional confrontations among the participants, especially as a form of therapy (encounter therapy). Origin of encounter 1250–1300; Middle English encountren Anglo-French enco(u)ntrer; Old French Vulgar Latin *incontrāre, equivalent to in- + -contrāre, derivative of contrā against; see Related formsen·coun·ter·er, nounpre·en·coun·ter, noun, verb (used with object)re·en·coun·ter, verb, nounun·en·coun·tered, adjective Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 British Dictionary definitions for marriage encounter encounter verb to come upon or meet casually or unexpectedly to come into conflict with (an enemy, army, etc) in battle or contest (tr) to be faced with; contend withhe encounters many obstacles in his work noun a meeting with a person or thing, esp when casual or unexpected a hostile meeting; contest or conflict Derived Formsencounterer, nounWord Origin for encounter C13: from Old French encontrer, from Vulgar Latin incontrāre (unattested), from Latin in- ² + contrā against, opposite Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for marriage encounter encounter v.
c.1300, “to meet as an adversary,” from Old French encontrer “confront,” from encontre (see(n.). Weakened sense of “casually meet” first recorded in English early 16c. Related: Encountered; encountering.
c.1300, “meeting of adversaries, confrontation,” from Old French encontre “meeting; fight; opportunity,” noun use of preposition/adverb encontre “against, counter to” from Late Latin incontra “in front of,” from Latin in- “in” (see(2)) + contra “against” (see ). Modern use of the word in psychology is from 1967, from the work of U.S. psychologist Carl Rogers (1902-1987). Encounter group attested from 1967.
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