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[koun-ter-in-sur-juh n-see]
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noun, plural coun·ter·in·sur·gen·cies.
  1. a program or an act of combating guerrilla warfare and subversion.
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  1. of, relating to, or designed for combating guerrilla warfare and subversion: counterinsurgency funds.
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Origin of counterinsurgency

First recorded in 1960–65; counter- + insurgency
Related formscoun·ter·in·sur·gent, noun, adjective
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Related Words for counterinsurgency

retribution, attack, vengeance, reprisal, combat, clash, discord, fighting, strife, struggle, battle, rivalry, war, competition, campaigning, counterblow, return, malevolence, sortie, vengefulness

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British Dictionary definitions for counterinsurgency


  1. action taken by a government to counter the activities of rebels, guerrillas, etc
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Word Origin and History for counterinsurgency


1962, from counter- + insurgency.

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counterinsurgency in Culture


Military power applied in guerrilla warfare in support of the established government.

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