counteroffensive

[ koun-ter-uh-fen-siv, koun-ter-uh-fen- ]
/ ˌkaʊn tər əˈfɛn sɪv, ˈkaʊn tər əˌfɛn- /

noun Military.

an attack by an army against an attacking enemy force.

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Origin of counteroffensive

First recorded in 1915–20; counter- + offensive
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British Dictionary definitions for counteroffensive

counteroffensive
/ (ˈkaʊntərəˌfɛnsɪv) /

noun

a series of attacks by a defending force against an attacking enemy
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