coun·​ter·​move·​ment ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌmüv-mənt How to pronounce countermovement (audio)
variants or counter-movement
plural countermovements or counter-movements
: a movement in an opposite direction
She observed that whenever the body abruptly moves one way, there is a fallout of countermovements and readjustments …Paul Trachtman
Suburban stress has not produced any large-scale countermovement back to the cities or out to the countryside, however.William Schneider
: an organized movement that arises in opposition to something
Opponents labeled the whole program socialistic, and, in the 1960s, a strong countermovement developed …The Bangor Daily News

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of countermovement was circa 1818

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“Countermovement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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