[noun koun-ter-wurk; verb koun-ter-wurk, koun-ter-wurk]


work or action to oppose some other work or action.

verb (used without object)

to work in opposition.

verb (used with object)

to work in opposition to; hinder or frustrate.

Origin of counterwork

First recorded in 1590–1600; counter- + work
Related formscoun·ter-work·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for counterwork

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



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