counteragent

noun coun·ter·agent \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈā-jənt \
variants: or less commonly counter-agent
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of counteragent

plural counteragents also counter-agents
: someone or something that counteracts another: such as
a : an agent (see agent 2b) that works to diminish, counter, or offset the effects of another
  • … said there have been multiple instances over the past year where officers, carrying Narcan, were first on the scene to an incident and were able to save an overdose victim's life by quickly administering the counteragent.
  • —Amanda Ostuni
b : someone who acts against or exposes the activities of another agent
  • There are similarities with … the way in which they took Rudolf Abel off the book and tried to turn him into a counteragent, to work for us.
  • —Steven Spielberg
  • There are two levels of narrative. On the psychological level, we learn the colonel inherited the manor when his murderous wife was committed to an asylum for the criminally insane. On the skullduggery level, a slew of characters are revealed to be secret agents and counteragents.
  • —Dalt Wonk

First Known Use of counteragent

1821


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