countergovernment

noun coun·ter·gov·ern·ment \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt , -və-mənt ; -ˈgə-bᵊm-ənt , -vᵊm- \
variants: or counter-government

Definition of countergovernment

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

First Known Use of countergovernment

1818

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