counterretaliation

noun
coun·​ter·​re·​tal·​i·​a·​tion | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ri-ˌta-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce counterretaliation (audio) , -ˌrē- \
variants: or counter-retaliation
plural counterretaliations or counter-retaliations

Definition of counterretaliation

: 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, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterretaliation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterretaliation. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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