counterattack


counterattack
counterattack also counter-attack, 1882 (n.), from COUNTER- (Cf. counter-) + ATTACK (Cf. attack); as two words from early 19c. The verb is recorded from 1916.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

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  • counterattack — I noun counteraction, counterassault, counterblast, counterblow, countermeasure, countermovement, counteroffensive, counterplot, counterpush, counterstrike, counterstroke, counterthrust, cross fire, reprisal, retaliation, retort, retortion,… …   Law dictionary

  • counterattack — [kount′ər ə tak΄; ] for v., also [ kount΄ər ə tak′] n. an attack made in opposition to, or in reprisal for, another attack vt., vi. to attack in reprisal, or so as to offset the enemy s attack …   English World dictionary

  • Counterattack — For other uses, see Counterattack (disambiguation). Closing the Falaise Argentan Pocket and the Mortain counterattack 6 17 August 1944 A counterattack is a tactic used in response against an attack. The term originates in military strategy.[1]… …   Wikipedia

  • counterattack — n. 1) to launch, make a counterattack 2) a counterattack against * * * [ kaʊntərətæk] make a counterattack a counterattack against to launch …   Combinatory dictionary

  • counterattack — I UK [ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk] / US noun [countable] Word forms counterattack : singular counterattack plural counterattacks an attack against someone who has just attacked you in a war, game, or argument II UK [ˈkaʊnt(ə)rəˌtæk] / US [ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk] verb… …   English dictionary

  • counterattack — n. /kown teuhr euh tak /; v. /kown teuhr euh tak , kown teuhr euh tak /, n. 1. an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack. 2. Mil. an attack by a ground combat unit to drive back an enemy attack. v.t. 3. to make a counterattack… …   Universalium

  • counterattack — noun (C) an attack that you make against someone who has attacked you, in a war, sport, or an argument: I decided on a swift counterattack. counterattack verb (I, T) counterattacker noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • counterattack — coun•ter•at•tack [[t]ˈkaʊn tər əˌtæk[/t]] n. 1) an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack 2) to make a counterattack against 3) to deliver a counterattack • Etymology: 1915–20 …   From formal English to slang

  • counterattack — noun /ˈkaʊntərətæk/ (say kowntuhruhtak) 1. an attack designed to counteract another attack; a responsive attack. 2. an attack to regain an objective taken by an enemy. –verb (i) /kaʊntərəˈtæk/ (say kowntuhruh tak) 3. to deliver a counterattack… …   Australian English dictionary

  • counterattack — coun|ter|at|tack [ˈkauntərəˌtæk] n an attack you make against someone who has attacked you, in a war, sport, or argument >counterattack v [I and T] …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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