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


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,, "‘Gertrude and Claudius’ casts a different light on ‘Hamlet’ at Barrington Stage," 31 July 2019 There’s something comforting about the normalcy of plot and counterplot, action and intrigue. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: A Transfer of Power in ‘Homeland.’ Situation Normal, for Now.," 13 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of counterplot


circa 1611, in the meaning defined above


1662, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterplot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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