counterretaliation

noun coun·ter·re·tal·i·a·tion \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ri-ˌta-lē-ˈā-shən , -ˌrē- \
variants: or counter-retaliation

Definition of counterretaliation

plural counterretaliations or counter-retaliations
: an act of retaliating against a previous retaliatory act
  • … provoke retaliatory strikes that are promptly followed by counterretaliation.
  • —Robert Lekachman

First Known Use of counterretaliation

1813

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