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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. 2017.
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  • Miss Moore has already prewritten her counterblast to my criticism in her poem "to a Steam Roller."

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

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

    Tremendous Trifles G. K. Chesterton
  • Egelhaaf's work may be regarded as the counterblast to Janssen's.

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

    Freaks of Fanaticism Sabine Baring-Gould
  • In the work which he entitled 'counterblast to Tobacco,' he poured the most bitter reproaches on this 'vile and nauseous weed.'

  • 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
  • Not, rightly understood, as a method of arresting environmental Socialism, nor even as a counterblast to its gospel of sympathy.

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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