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[noun, verb koun-ter-plot; verb koun-ter-plot] /noun, verb ˈkaʊn tərˌplɒt; verb ˌkaʊn tərˈplɒt/
a plot directed against another plot.
Literature. a secondary theme in a play or other literary work, used as a contrast to or variation of the main theme.
Compare subplot.
verb (used without object), counterplotted, counterplotting.
to devise a counterplot.
verb (used with object), counterplotted, counterplotting.
to plot against (a plot or plotter).
Origin of counterplot
First recorded in 1590-1600; counter- + plot Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After a little consultation, we awoke our comrades, and explaining to them how matters stood, we determined upon a counterplot.

  • The king is only, or he appears, tricksy because you compel him to wind and counterplot.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • She was warned in time, and thereupon hatched a counterplot for his destruction.

  • It was evident that I had been plunged into the center of intrigue, plot and counterplot.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • But the waters were seething now, stirred to their very lees by plot and counterplot.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • But you are entirely in the dark as to the purport of all this plot and counterplot?

    A Traitor's Wooing Headon Hill
  • The public is not always able to tell which was plot and which counterplot in the accomplishment of some intricate things.

    54-40 or Fight Emerson Hough
  • As nearly as I could make it out, there was a counterplot against the Furious.

    The Social Gangster Arthur B. Reeve
  • In reality there was a counterplot, and that in a dangerous quarter.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • It was as though nature had stopped her orchestra in disgust at the plot and counterplot brewing on her darkened stage.

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for counterplot


a plot designed to frustrate another plot
verb -plots, -plotting, -plotted
(transitive) to oppose with a counterplot
(intransitive) to devise or carry out a counterplot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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