coun·​ter·​re·​tal·​i·​a·​tion ˌkau̇n-tər-ri-ˌta-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce counterretaliation (audio)
variants or counter-retaliation
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

Word History

First Known Use

1813, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterretaliation was in 1813

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“Counterretaliation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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