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confront
used in The Scarlet Letter

3 uses
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Definition
to deal directly with an unpleasant situation or person

or:

to challenge someone — often by presenting evidence
  • Hester caught hold of Pearl, and drew her forcibly into her arms, confronting the old Puritan magistrate with almost a fierce expression.
    Chapter 8 -- The Elf-child and the Minister (50% in)
  • From father to son, for above a hundred years, they followed the sea; a grey-headed shipmaster, in each generation, retiring from the quarter-deck to the homestead, while a boy of fourteen took the hereditary place before the mast, confronting the salt spray and the gale which had blustered against his sire and grandsire.
    Introductory (19% in)
  • "Thus, a sickness," continued Roger Chillingworth, going on, in an unaltered tone, without heeding the interruption, but standing up and confronting the emaciated and white-cheeked minister, with his low, dark, and misshapen figure,—"a sickness, a sore place, if we may so call it, in your spirit hath immediately its appropriate manifestation in your bodily frame.
    Chapter 10 -- The Leech and his Patient (77% in)

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