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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 28 Jan. 2023.

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