countercry

noun coun·ter·cry \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈkrī \
variants: or counter-cry

Definition of countercry

plural countercries or counter-cries
: a cry made in response to another cry
  • The cry had been raised to save the splendid pile, and the counter-cry … to save it from being saved.
  • —Henry James
  • All through the South and West, Elvis is packing theaters … and filling letters-to-the-editor columns with cries of alarm and, from adolescents, counter-cries of adulation.
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First Known Use of countercry

1803

in the meaning defined above

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