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counteroffensive

noun coun·ter·of·fen·sive \ˈkan-tər-ə-ˌfen(t)-siv\

: an attack made in order to defend against an enemy or opponent

Full Definition of COUNTEROFFENSIVE

:  a large-scale military offensive undertaken by a force previously on the defensive

Examples of COUNTEROFFENSIVE

  1. They mounted a counteroffensive against the enemy.
  2. <the army launched a counteroffensive at dawn>

First Known Use of COUNTEROFFENSIVE

1909

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