counterblast

noun coun·ter·blast \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈblast \
variants: or less commonly counter-blast
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of counterblast

plural counterblasts or less commonly counter-blasts
:a forceful response or retaliation; especially :an emphatic response to or rebuttal of another's argument, criticism, etc.
  • … the uselessly combative essay he [Wordsworth] included in the 1815 edition of his poems, designed as a counterblast to Jeffrey and all his other critics …
  • —Adam Kirsch
  • There is reason to believe that the work on which Kant was engaged in the last years of his life was intended as a counter-blast to such critics.
  • —W.H. Walsh

First Known Use of counterblast

1567


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