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[noun koun-ter-chahrj; verb koun-ter-chahrj, koun-ter-chahrj] /noun ˈkaʊn tərˌtʃɑrdʒ; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈtʃɑrdʒ, ˈkaʊn tərˌtʃɑrdʒ/
a charge by an accused person against the accuser.
Military. a retaliatory charge.
verb (used with object), countercharged, countercharging.
to make an accusation against (one's accuser).
Military. to charge in retaliation.
Origin of countercharge
First recorded in 1605-15; counter- + charge Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Charge and countercharge succeed in the mad struggle for these guns.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • I wonder if there'd be no countercharge ingenuity could bring?

    Married Life

    May Edginton
  • He is thought of only as always meeting charge with countercharge, in the very front crying “Mix!”

    The Brothers' War John Calvin Reed
  • We club men will have to countercharge the enemy, for self-preservation, to play heavy villains upon the stage.

    The Voice on the Wire Eustace Hale Ball
  • Charge and countercharge, and recriminations, exercised the French court.

  • Preston and Palmer were not only driven back, but they left some prisoners as a result of a countercharge by a Union regiment.

    Stone's River Wilson J. Vance
  • However, no formal answer came until November 5, three days before the election, when a countercharge was impossible.

  • Lieutenant Sharpe ordered a countercharge, and the battalion rushed to meet the enemy.

    Who Goes There? Blackwood Ketcham Benson
  • The conduct of every department and every individual concerned was the subject of charge, answer, and countercharge innumerable.

British Dictionary definitions for countercharge


a charge brought by an accused person against the accuser
(military) a retaliatory charge
(transitive) to make a countercharge against
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