counterpicket

noun
coun·​ter·​pick·​et | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpi-kət How to pronounce counterpicket (audio) \
variants: or counter-picket
plural counterpickets or counter-pickets

Definition of counterpicket

: 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.

Other Words from counterpicket

counterpicket or counter-picket verb, transitive + intransitive 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

First Known Use of counterpicket

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterpicket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterpicket. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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