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counterword

[koun-ter-wurd]
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noun
  1. a word, often of short-lived popularity, widely used as an almost meaningless, automatic response.
  2. a word that has come to be used with a meaning much less specific than that which it had originally, as swell, awful, or terrific.
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Origin of counterword

First recorded in 1670–80; counter1 + word
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Related Words for counterword

blend, compound, portmanteau, counterword, adage, banality, bromide, buzzword, commonplace, motto, platitude, proverb, saying, shibboleth, slogan, stereotype, truism, triviality, chestnut, corn

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Historical Examples of counterword

  • Unhappily the black-artist has forgot the counterword, with which he might command this flood of sprites again to ebb.

    Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


British Dictionary definitions for counterword

counterword

noun
  1. a word widely used in a sense much looser than its original meaning, such as tremendous or awful
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