coun·​ter·​gov·​ern·​ment ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt How to pronounce countergovernment (audio)
variants or counter-government
plural countergovernments or counter-governments
: a group of people that organizes as an unofficial governing authority to oppose or supplant a legitimate or generally recognized government
His investigation … has shown the existence of what he called ersatz embassies, that is, diplomatic outposts of countergovernments or governments-in-exile.Richard Dale

Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of countergovernment was in 1818

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“Countergovernment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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