counterattack

[noun koun-ter-uh-tak; verb koun-ter-uh-tak, koun-ter-uh-tak]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make a counterattack against.
verb (used without object)
  1. to deliver a counterattack.

Origin of counterattack

First recorded in 1915–20; counter- + attack
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British Dictionary definitions for counterattack

counterattack

noun
  1. an attack in response to an attack
verb
  1. to make a counterattack (against)
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Word Origin and History for counterattack
n.

also counter-attack, 1882, from counter- + attack (n.); as two words from early 19c. The verb is recorded from 1916.

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