countergovernment

noun
coun·​ter·​gov·​ern·​ment | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈgə-vər(n)-mənt How to pronounce countergovernment (audio) , -və-mənt; -ˈgə-bᵊm-ənt, -vᵊm- \
variants: or counter-government
plural countergovernments or counter-governments

Definition of countergovernment

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Countergovernment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countergovernment. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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