encounter

encounter (n.) late 13c., "meeting of adversaries," from O.Fr. encontrer "confront," from encontre (prep. and adv.) "against, counter to," from L.L. incontra "in front of," from L. in- "in" (see IN- (Cf. in-) (2)) + contra "against" (see CONTRA (Cf. contra)). The verb is attested from c.1300, "to meet as an adversary;" weakened sense of "casually meet" first recorded in English early 16c. Modern use of the word in psychology is from 1967, from the work of U.S. psychologist Carl Rogers (1902-1987). Related: Encountered; encountering.

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