- a word, often of short-lived popularity, widely used as an almost meaningless, automatic response.
- 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.
Origin of counterword
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Related Words for counterwordblend, 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
- a word widely used in a sense much looser than its original meaning, such as tremendous or awful
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