countermarch

noun

coun·​ter·​march ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌmärch How to pronounce countermarch (audio)
1
: a marching back
specifically : a movement in marching by which a unit of troops reverses direction while marching but keeps the same order
2
: a march (as of political demonstrators) designed to counter the effect of another march
countermarch intransitive verb

Examples of countermarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, pro-Taliban women held a countermarch, and a group wearing niqabs -- a conservative veil showing only their eyes -- sat in a Kabul University lecture hall on Saturday to hear speakers decry the liberal women who protested earlier in the week. Compiled Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 13 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, pro-Taliban women have held a countermarch, and a group wearing niqabs — a conservative face veil showing only their eyes — sat in a Kabul University lecture hall on Saturday to hear speakers inveigh against the liberal women who protested earlier in the week. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Sep. 2021 Any attempt at reform — reestablishing classical and liberal conceptions of education in these institutions — would take a 50-year Gramscian countermarch of our universities. Garion Frankel, National Review, 5 Mar. 2022 The kitschy capitalism that runs rampant at the official Pride March has actually sparked a countermarch this year. Declan Leary, National Review, 2 July 2019 Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter Marches and countermarches, some of them related to other Confederate monuments but many not, are now being planned all over the country. David Kaiser, Time, 25 Aug. 2017 With more protests and countermarches from the government announced for the weeks ahead, the clashes seem likely to continue. Michael McCarthy, Washington Post, 1 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of countermarch was in 1598

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“Countermarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/countermarch. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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countermarch

noun
coun·​ter·​march ˈkau̇nt-ər-ˌmärch How to pronounce countermarch (audio)
: a marching back
especially : a maneuver by which a marching unit reverses direction but keeps the same order
countermarch verb
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