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[koun-ter-blast, -blahst] /ˈkaʊn tərˌblæst, -ˌblɑst/
an unrestrained and vigorously powerful response to an attacking statement.
Origin of counterblast
First recorded in 1560-70; counter- + blast Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Egelhaaf's work may be regarded as the counterblast to Janssen's.

  • If I decide on a counterblast I shall simply telegraph to headquarters.

    Votes for Women Elizabeth Robins
  • The beard would have been a kind of counterblast to the Rhodes hat.

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • Immediately, from behind the barrier and from the windows of the houses, a counterblast of arrows sped, carrying death.

    The Black Arrow Robert Louis Stevenson
  • James I. wrote a treatise against the use of it, which he called his "counterblast to Tobacco."

  • In the work which he entitled 'counterblast to Tobacco,' he poured the most bitter reproaches on this 'vile and nauseous weed.'

  • The news of the appearance of this counterblast created the wildest excitement.

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
  • Miss Moore has already prewritten her counterblast to my criticism in her poem "to a Steam Roller."

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • The Turkish conquest of Islam and its counterblast, the Crusades, were an immense misfortune for the world.

    The New World of Islam Lothrop Stoddard
  • Adrian cut her speech across with an ebullition of sound sense—a protest against extremes—a counterblast to hysterical judgments.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost

    William Frend De Morgan
British Dictionary definitions for counterblast


an aggressive response to a verbal attack
a blast that counteracts another
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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