counterrevolution also counter-revolution, 1791, from COUNTER- (Cf. counter-) + REVOLUTION (Cf. revolution). First recorded in U.S. with ref. to American Revolution.

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  • counterrevolution — [kount΄ərrev΄ə lo͞o′shən] n. 1. a political movement or revolution against a government or social system set up by a previous revolution 2. a movement to combat revolutionary tendencies counterrevolutionary n., adj. pl. counterrevolutionaries… …   English World dictionary

  • counterrevolution — n. 1) to foment, stir up a counterrevolution 2) to carry out; organize a counterrevolution 3) a counterrevolution against * * * organize a counterrevolution stir up a counterrevolution a counterrevolution against to carry out to foment …   Combinatory dictionary

  • counterrevolution — noun A revolution aiming to reverse the political or social changes instigated by a previous revolution. The military leaders behind the original coup were executed in the aftermath of the counterrevolution …   Wiktionary

  • counterrevolution — noun Date: 1793 1. a revolution directed toward overthrowing a government or social system established by a previous revolution 2. a movement to counteract revolutionary trends • counterrevolutionary adjective or noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • counterrevolution — /kown teuhr rev euh looh sheuhn/, n. 1. a revolution against a government recently established by a revolution. 2. a political movement that resists revolutionary tendencies. [1785 95; COUNTER + REVOLUTION, as trans. of F contre révolution] * * * …   Universalium

  • counterrevolution — Synonyms and related words: backfire, bloodless revolution, bouleversement, breakdown, breakup, cataclysm, catastrophe, clean slate, clean sweep, comeback, computer revolution, convulsion, counterattack, counterblast, counterblow, counterfire,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • counterrevolution — coun|ter|rev|o|lu|tion [ ,kauntərevə luʃn ] noun count or uncount political or military opposition to a government that is in power as a result of a REVOLUTION …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • counterrevolution — n. revolution which opposes a previous revolution …   English contemporary dictionary

  • counterrevolution — coun·ter·revolution …   English syllables

  • counterrevolution — coun•ter•rev•o•lu•tion [[t]ˈkaʊn tərˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən[/t]] n. 1) gov a revolution against a government recently established by a revolution 2) gov a political movement that resists revolutionary tendencies • Etymology: 1785–95 …   From formal English to slang

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