counterpicket

noun

coun·​ter·​pick·​et ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpi-kət How to pronounce counterpicket (audio)
variants or counter-picket
plural counterpickets or counter-pickets
: a person who acts as a picket (see picket entry 1 sense 3a) to counter or oppose a demonstration or protest
Waitresses picketing … were met with counterpickets paid by the employers.Alice Kessler Harris
also : a demonstration or protest staged to counter or oppose another
Some anti-union workers mounted a counterpicket.
counterpicket verb, transitive + intransitive
or counter-picket
counterpicketed or counter-picketed; counterpicketing or counter-picketing
The rally, on the waterfront, was counter-picketed by supporters of the project, some of whom waved placards from a flotilla of 23 boats in the harbour itself. Tim O'Brien

Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterpicket was in 1933

Dictionary Entries Near counterpicket

Cite this Entry

“Counterpicket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterpicket. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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