coun·​ter·​pose ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈpōz How to pronounce counterpose (audio)
counterposed; counterposing; counterposes

transitive verb

: to place in opposition, contrast, or equilibrium
counterpose a positive view to the negative assessment

Examples of counterpose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Teamsters were unpleased with what UPS counterposed. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 29 June 2023 But it’s counterposed with a quote from the brilliant contemporary Black British social theorist Stuart Hall, who died in 2014. Globe Staff,, 14 June 2023 Madhuri Shekar’s 2014 play weighs and counterposes those two ideas of love while spooning out a tale of family, tradition, generational culture clash and food. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 14 Mar. 2023 Russia’s invasion has forced Cypriot leaders to counterpose political support for the E.U. and Ukraine and the island’s economic dependency on Russian money. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2022

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Word History


counter- + -pose (as in compose)

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterpose was in 1594

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Cite this Entry

“Counterpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

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