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[koun-ter-blast, -blahst]
  1. an unrestrained and vigorously powerful response to an attacking statement.
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Origin of counterblast

First recorded in 1560–70; counter- + blast
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Examples from the Web for counterblast

Historical Examples of counterblast

  • Egelhaaf's work may be regarded as the counterblast to Janssen's.

    German Society at the Close of the Middle Ages

    Ernest Belfort Bax

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

    Votes for Women

    Elizabeth Robins

  • The beard would have been a kind of counterblast to the Rhodes hat.

    Tremendous Trifles

    G. K. Chesterton

  • 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

  • James I. wrote a treatise against the use of it, which he called his "Counterblast to Tobacco."

British Dictionary definitions for counterblast


  1. an aggressive response to a verbal attack
  2. a blast that counteracts another
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