counteraggression

noun coun·ter·ag·gres·sion \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ə-ˈgre-shən \
variants: or counter-aggression

Definition of counteraggression

plural counteraggressions or counter-aggressions
: an act of aggression (such as an attack) that is undertaken in response to another's aggression
  • … the limited importance of deterrence could partially explain why revenge is more effective in triggering counteraggressions and feuds than in avoiding them.
  • —Francesa Giardini and Rosaria Conte
also : the practice of undertaking such acts
  • Violence, especially political violence, is usually a pattern of aggression and counteraggression that has a history and which stretches back deep into time.
  • —Simon Critchley

First Known Use of counteraggression

1840

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