Definitions for: Confront


[v] deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
[v] present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize; "We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us"
[v] oppose, as in hostility or a competition; "You must confront your opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally confronted each other"
[v] be face to face with; "The child screamed when it confronted the man in the halloween costume"



Webster (1913) Definition: Con*front", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Confronted; p. pr.
& vb. n. Confronting.] [F. confronter; L. con- + frons the
forehead or front. See Front.]
1. To stand facing or in front of; to face; esp. to face
hostilely; to oppose with firmness.

We four, indeed, confronted were with four In
Russian habit. --Shak.

He spoke and then confronts the bull. --Dryden.

Hester caught hold of Pearl, and drew her forcibly
into her arms, confronting the old Puritan
magistrate with almost a fierce expression.
--Hawthorne.

It was impossible at once to confront the might of
France and to trample on the liberties of England.
--Macaulay.

2. To put face to face; to cause to face or to meet; as, to
confront one with the proofs of his wrong doing.

3. To set in opposition for examination; to put in contrast;
to compare.

When I confront a medal with a verse, I only show
you the same design executed by different hands.
--Addison.

Synonyms: face, face, face up

Antonyms: avoid

See Also: approach, breast, bully off, encounter, face, face off, front, front, go about, look, match, meet, oppose, pit, play, play off, set about, tackle, tackle, take on, take on, take the bull by the horns, undertake

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