a focussed comparison; bringing together for a careful comparison the act of opposing groups confronting each other; "the government was not ready for a confrontation with the unions"; "the invaders encountered stiff opposition"
a hostile disagreement face-to-face discord resulting from a clash of ideas or opinions a bold challenge
a direct response to conflict which can be violent or nonviolent; e g , telling a friend you're angry because he/she lost your notebook is a nonviolent confrontation; yelling or physical fighting in response to the same situation is a violent confrontation
A process by which a client is told something about himself or herself by a nurse or therapist that encourages self-examination Also used to clarify an inconsistency or incongruence between what the client says and does
A type of coping that involves taking action, often towards another person, in order to achieve a goal or to reduce the effects of a problem; "taking a stand " TOP
In virtually all environments there is confrontation It becomes unmanageable when the conflict seems to be the sole outcome of the team interactions Confrontation, in some organization can be useful in energizing people to actively participate However, like wine, too much can be very detrimental
If you confront someone, you stand or sit in front of them, especially when you are going to fight, argue, or compete with them. She pushed her way through the mob and confronted him face to face The candidates confronted each other during a televised debate
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"
deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes" 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" 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" be face to face with; "The child screamed when it confronted the man in the halloween costume
If you confront someone with something, you present facts or evidence to them in order to accuse them of something. She had decided to confront Kathryn with what she had learnt I could not bring myself to confront him about it His confronting me forced me to search for the answers
If you are confronted with a problem, task, or difficulty, you have to deal with it. She was confronted with severe money problems Ministers underestimated the magnitude of the task confronting them. = face
If you confront a difficult situation or issue, you accept the fact that it exists and try to deal with it. We are learning how to confront death NATO countries have been forced to confront fundamental moral questions. = face
disapproval If you describe the way that someone behaves as confrontational, you are showing your disapproval of the fact that they are aggressive and likely to cause an argument or dispute. The committee's confrontational style of campaigning has made it unpopular. likely to cause arguments or make people angry
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