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[koun-ter-in-tel-i-juh ns]
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  1. the activity of an intelligence service employed in thwarting the efforts of an enemy's intelligence agents to gather information or commit sabotage.
  2. an organization engaged in counterintelligence.
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Origin of counterintelligence

First recorded in 1935–40; counter- + intelligence
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  1. activities designed to frustrate enemy espionage
  2. intelligence collected about enemy espionage
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Word Origin and History for counterintelligence


also counter-intelligence, 1940, from counter- + intelligence.

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