Etymology
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counterattack (n.)

also counter-attack, "attack made in response to an enemy's attack," by 1850; as two words from 1817, from counter- + attack (n.). The verb is recorded from 1867. Related: Counter-attacked; counter-attacking.

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Definitions of counterattack
1
counterattack (n.)
an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.;
Synonyms: countermove
counterattack (n.)
(chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board;
Synonyms: counterplay
2
counterattack (v.)
make a counterattack;
Synonyms: counterstrike
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