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[ noun koun-ter-chahrj; verb koun-ter-chahrj, koun-ter-chahrj ]


  1. a charge by an accused person against the accuser.
  2. Military. a retaliatory charge.

verb (used with object)

, coun·ter·charged, coun·ter·charg·ing.
  1. to make an accusation against (one's accuser).
  2. Military. to charge in retaliation.


/ ˈkaʊntəˌtʃɑːdʒ /


  1. a charge brought by an accused person against the accuser
  2. military a retaliatory charge


  1. tr to make a countercharge against

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Word History and Origins

Origin of countercharge1

First recorded in 1605–15; counter- + charge

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Example Sentences

Perhaps they believe his claims that he’s a target of extortion — a sort of countercharge that in the past has often turned out to be untrue.

So I would like you to just tell me your best thinking on that series of charges and countercharges.

In other situations, the accusation arises as a countercharge.

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

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

However, no formal answer came until November 5, three days before the election, when a countercharge was impossible.

Ribs of the wounded broken in; features of the dead mashed by the heels of the Brown countercharge!

The conduct of every department and every individual concerned was the subject of charge, answer, and countercharge innumerable.


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