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

Origin of countercharge

First recorded in 1605–15; counter- + charge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of countercharge

  • Charge and countercharge succeed in the mad struggle for these guns.

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas

    Richard Henry Savage

  • I wonder if there'd be no countercharge ingenuity could bring?

    Married Life

    May Edginton

  • He is thought of only as always meeting charge with countercharge, in the very front crying “Mix!”

    The Brothers' War

    John Calvin Reed

  • We club men will have to countercharge the enemy, for self-preservation, to play heavy villains upon the stage.

    The Voice on the Wire

    Eustace Hale Ball

  • Charge and countercharge, and recriminations, exercised the French court.

British Dictionary definitions for countercharge


  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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