counteroffensive

noun
coun·ter·of·fen·sive | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ə-ˌfen(t)-siv \

Definition of counteroffensive 

: a large-scale military offensive undertaken by a force previously on the defensive

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Examples of counteroffensive in a Sentence

They mounted a counteroffensive against the enemy. the army launched a counteroffensive at dawn

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But a counteroffensive by the groups could bolster them. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court rules against unions: How labor decision will affect union pay, benefits," 27 June 2018 The president’s latest counteroffensive capped a week of damaging developments related to the Russia investigation. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "Collusion debate hits a foggy bottom," 19 May 2018 But gathering this information is nonetheless vital for the counteroffensive against poor air quality. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Why India’s pollution levels are so high," 8 May 2018 Local activists said the al-Qaida counteroffensive was backed by members of the Turkistan Islamic Party, a powerful group consisting mostly of jihadis from China's Turkic-speaking Uighur minority. Bassem Mroue, Fox News, "Al-Qaida in Syria losing ground in battles with insurgents," 14 Mar. 2018 Local activists said the al-Qaida counteroffensive was backed by members of the Turkistan Islamic Party, a powerful group consisting mostly of jihadis from China’s Turkic-speaking Uighur minority. Washington Post, "Al-Qaida in Syria losing ground in battles with insurgents," 14 Mar. 2018 Now, bereft of a significant general election victory to call his own, Bannon's blitz is at risk of getting bogged down by a brewing GOP counteroffensive. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "Bannon's '#war' on the GOP suffers embarrassing blow," 13 Dec. 2017 Yes, our counteroffensive against ISIS unfolded slowly. David French, National Review, "What if America Won a War and No One Cared?," 14 Dec. 2017 The militants withdrew to the mountains and from there plotted a deadly counteroffensive. Saeed Al-batati And Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Yemenis See Turning Point After Ousting Qaeda Militants in South," 7 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of counteroffensive

1909, in the meaning defined above

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counteroffensive

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English Language Learners Definition of counteroffensive

: an attack made in order to defend against an enemy or opponent

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