counterattack

noun coun·ter·at·tack \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ə-ˌtak \
variants: or counter-attack

Definition of counterattack

plural counterattacks or counter-attacks
: an attack made in response to or in defense against an attack made by another
  • a series of attacks and counterattacks
  • Iraqi forces are advancing into the city of Fallujah, repelling a counter-attack by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on Tuesday …
  • —Jack Moore

counterattack

play \ˌkau̇n-tər-ə-ˈtak\ or counter-attack verb, transitive + intransitive counterattacked or counter-attacked; counterattacking or counter-attacking
    • Syrian rebels including jihadists counter-attacked the army and its allies on Friday aiming to break a weeks-long siege on eastern Aleppo, insurgents said.
    • —Ellen Francis and Angus McDowall

counterattacker

play \ˌkau̇n-tər-ə-ˈta-kər\ or counter-attacker noun, plural counterattackers or counter-attackers
    • Finally, the big man, bleeding profusely, succeeded in throwing his counterattacker off him.
    • —Andrew M. Greeley

First Known Use of counterattack

1800

in the meaning defined above

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