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counterwork

[noun koun-ter-wurk; verb koun-ter-wurk, koun-ter-wurk]
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noun
  1. work or action to oppose some other work or action.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to work in opposition.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to work in opposition to; hinder or frustrate.
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Origin of counterwork

First recorded in 1590–1600; counter- + work
Related formscoun·ter-work·er, noun
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Related Words for counterwork

respond, resist, foil, oppose, offset, retaliate, counteract, prevent, thwart, halt, neutralize, rectify, redress, counterbalance, negate, correct, hinder, buck, return, frustrate

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Historical Examples of counterwork

  • Grote wrote his history of Greece to counterwork the party bias of Mitford.

    Practical Essays

    Alexander Bain

  • In that situation, at worst, their nature was left free to counterwork their principles.

    Political Pamphlets

    George Saintsbury

  • To detect and to counterwork this plot was obviously my duty.

    Arthur Mervyn

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • My doom was ratified by powers which no human energies can counterwork.

    Edgar Huntley

    Charles Brockden Brown

  • If the Syracusans succeeded in completing and holding this counterwork, the blockade of Syracuse would be rendered impossible.


British Dictionary definitions for counterwork

counterwork

noun
  1. work done in opposition to other work
  2. defensive fortifications put up against attack
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Derived Formscounterworker, noun
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