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confrontation

noun
     
con‧fron‧ta‧tion [countable,uncountable ]
1 a situation in which there is a lot of angry disagreement between two people or groups:
She had stayed in her room to avoid another confrontation.
confrontation with/between
an ideological confrontation between conservatives and liberals
2 a fight or battle
military/violent/armed confrontation
Japan seemed unlikely to risk military confrontation with Russia.

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