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1. The act of confronting or the state of being confronted, especially a meeting face to face.
a. A conflict involving armed forces: a nuclear confrontation.
b. Discord or a clash of opinions and ideas: an age of ideological confrontation.
3. A focused comparison: an essay that brought elements of biography, autobiography, and general European history into powerful, meaningful confrontation.

con′fron·ta′tion·al adj.
con′fron·ta′tion·ist n.


(ˌkɒn frənˈteɪ ʃə nl, -frʌn-)

also con•fron•ta•tive

(ˈkɒn frənˌteɪ tɪv, kənˈfrʌn tə-)

tending toward or ready for confrontation or conflict.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.confrontational - of or relating to confrontation


[ˌkɒnfrənˈteɪʃənəl] ADJ [approach, attitude, style] → confrontacional, agresivo


[ˌkɒnfrʌnˈteɪʃənəl] adj [approach, style, stance, attitude, politics] → conflictuel(le)


[ˌkɒnfrənˈteɪʃənəl] adjpolemico/a, aggressivo/a


adj desafiante
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