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coun·​ter·​plot ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌplät How to pronounce counterplot (audio)
: a plot designed to thwart an opponent's plot


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counterplotted; counterplotting; counterplots

transitive verb

: to intrigue against : foil with a plot

Examples of counterplot in a Sentence

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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,, 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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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above


1662, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterplot was circa 1611

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“Counterplot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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