coun·​ter·​blast | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈblast How to pronounce counterblast (audio) \
variants: or less commonly counter-blast
plural counterblasts also counter-blasts

Definition of counterblast

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterblast.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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