verb (used with object)

  1. to face in hostility or defiance; oppose: The feuding factions confronted one another.
  2. to present for acknowledgment, contradiction, etc.; set face to face: They confronted him with evidence of his crime.
  3. to stand or come in front of; stand or meet facing: The two long-separated brothers confronted each other speechlessly.
  4. to be in one’s way: the numerous obstacles that still confronted him.
  5. to bring together for examination or comparison.

verb (tr)

  1. (usually foll by with) to present or face (with something), esp in order to accuse or criticize
  2. to face boldly; oppose in hostility
  3. to be face to face with; be in front of
  4. to bring together for comparison

v.1560s, “to stand in front of,” from Middle French confronter (15c.), from Medieval Latin confrontare “assign limits, adjoin,” from Latin com- “together” (see com-) + frontem (nominative frons) “forehead” (see front (n.)). Sense of “to face in defiance or hostility” is late 16c. Related: Confronted; confronting.

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