coun·​ter·​at·​tack | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ə-ˌtak How to pronounce counterattack (audio) \
variants: or counter-attack
plural counterattacks or counter-attacks

Definition of counterattack

: 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

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counterattack \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ə-​ˈtak How to pronounce counterattack (audio) \ 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 \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ə-​ˈta-​kər How to pronounce counterattack (audio) \ 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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The first known use of counterattack was in 1800

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“Counterattack.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of counterattack

: an attack that is made in response to an attack by an enemy or opponent

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