Meaning of “confrontation” in the English Dictionary

"confrontation" in British English

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confrontationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌkɒn.frʌnˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌkɑːn.frənˈteɪ.ʃən/

C2 a fight or argument:

Some couples seem to like confrontation, but Josh and I hardly ever argue.
There were violent confrontations between police and demonstrators.

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  • There are signs that the confrontation is beginning to de-escalate.
  • The fear is that these minor clashes may develop into all-out confrontation.
  • Britain is likely to stitch together some sort of political deal to avoid a confrontation.
  • There was a violent confrontation between rival supporters after the match.
  • The book describes apocalyptic visions of a nuclear confrontation.
adjective uk /ˌkɒn.frʌnˈteɪ.ʃən.əl/ us /ˌkɑːn.frənˈteɪ.ʃən.əl/

He has a very aggressive, confrontational way of talking to people.

(Definition of “confrontation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"confrontation" in American English

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confrontationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌkɑn·frənˈteɪ·ʃən/

an argument or fight:

[ C ] I had a confrontation this morning with my boss.
adjective us /ˌkɑn·frənˈteɪ·ʃə·nəl/

His confrontational style often angers people.

(Definition of “confrontation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"confrontation" in Business English

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confrontationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃən/ us

a situation in which people or groups with opposing ideas or opinions disagree angrily:

confrontation between sb and sb The agreement ended a potentially serious confrontation between management and unions at the plant.
confrontation with sb She resigned after an angry confrontation with her manager.
have/risk/get into a confrontation I ignored their comments, rather than risk a confrontation.
Try to avoid confrontation with the people who report to you.

(Definition of “confrontation” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)