coun·​ter·​ag·​gres·​sion ˌkau̇n-tər-ə-ˈgre-shən How to pronounce counteraggression (audio)
variants or counter-aggression
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

Word History

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counteraggression was in 1840

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“Counteraggression.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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