counterassault

noun
coun·ter·as·sault | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ə-ˈsȯlt \
variants: or less commonly counter-assault
plural counterassaults also counter-assaults

Definition of counterassault 

: an assault undertaken in response to or in defense against an assault made by another launching counterassaults against the enemy … Army Rangers mounted a counter-assault, killing the terrorists and rescuing more than 900 kids and teachers. —Dale Neal

First Known Use of counterassault

1838, in the meaning defined above

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