from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To overcome with a bold or self-assured look; stare down.
  • transitive v. To defy or resist.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To disconcert someone with an unblinking face-to-face confrontation; to stare down
  • v. To boldly confront a situation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To face or look (one) out of countenance; to resist or bear down by bold looks or effrontery; to brave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To confront boldly; brave; defy.
  • To keep or force by boldness.
  • To face or stare down; confront with assurance, boastfully, or overbearingly; browbeat.
  • To face out; counteract by assurance; put a good face on.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. overcome or cause to waver or submit by (or as if by) staring


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  • The son of two incessantly probing shrinks, he knows how to outface an interrogation.


  • The reverse in the shape of golden Hal Latimar, handsome and indulged but with the courage to outface a Queen and a matriarch to get her.

    Dearly Beloved

  • Such a man commits murder, and murder is the natural culmination of his course; such a man has to outface murder, and will do it with hardihood and effrontery.

    Hunted Down

  • Deng will know that, and he's never tried to outface the Safety Office or civil authority.


  • No glaring chalk, no grim sandstone, no rugged flint, outface it; but deep rich meadows, and foliage thick, and cool arcades of ancient trees, defy the noise that men make.


  • At this stifling price they kept their flesh unbroken, for they feared the sand particles which would wear open the chaps into a painful wound: but, for my own part, I always rather liked a khamsin, since its torment seemed to fight against mankind with ordered conscious malevolence, and it was pleasant to outface it so directly, challenging its strength, and conquering its extremity.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

  • And trying to outface the cameras in jeans and a T-shirt certainly wasn't.

    The Warslayer

  • She would have to be really brazen to go amongst his friends after last night's public humiliation and boldly outface their new perception of her.

    The Bellini Bride

  • You have to outface them, someone had once told me ...

    A Body In The Bath House

  • That had left Gerswin with the need to outface the Ursans personally, meeting them alone outside the Fleurdilis, in the hope of instilling respect for the Empire without the cost of destroying the Ursan culture and society.

    The Silent Warrior


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