counterplot

noun
coun·​ter·​plot | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌplät How to pronounce counterplot (audio) \

Definition of counterplot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a plot designed to thwart an opponent's plot

counterplot

verb
counterplotted; counterplotting; counterplots

Definition of counterplot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to intrigue against : foil with a plot

Examples of counterplot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bit by bit, the castle at Elsinore (broodingly rendered by scenic designer Lee Savage) turns into a stage for life-and-death plots and counterplots. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2019 There’s something comforting about the normalcy of plot and counterplot, action and intrigue. Mike Hale, New York Times, 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of counterplot

Noun

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterplot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterplot. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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