[koun-ter-rev-uh-loo-shuh n]


a revolution against a government recently established by a revolution.
a political movement that resists revolutionary tendencies.

Origin of counterrevolution

1785–95; counter- + revolution, as translation of French contre-révolution Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for counter-revolution

Contemporary Examples of counter-revolution

  • Egypt elected its president from the Muslim Brotherhood, only to see a counter-revolution reinstate a member of the military.

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    What Do Arab Millennials Want?

    William O’Connor

    July 1, 2014

  • But the air was pierced by an even more dangerous and unsettling sound—the sound of counter-revolution.

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    The GOP’s Real Ted Nugent Problem

    James Poulos

    February 22, 2014

  • Structurally speaking, this is why we got the revolution—the counter-revolution—we got, in the form of the Tea Party.

Historical Examples of counter-revolution

British Dictionary definitions for counter-revolution



a revolution opposed to a previous revolution and aimed at reversing its effects
Derived Formscounter-revolutionist, noun
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Word Origin and History for counter-revolution



also counter-revolution, 1791, from counter- + revolution. First recorded in U.S. with reference to American Revolution.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper