coun·​ter·​rev·​o·​lu·​tion | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce counterrevolution (audio) , ˌkau̇n-tə-\

Definition of counterrevolution

1 : a revolution directed toward overthrowing a government or social system established by a previous revolution
2 : a movement to counteract revolutionary trends

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counterrevolutionary \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˌre-​və-​ˈlü-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce counterrevolutionary (audio) , ˌkau̇n-​tə-​ \ adjective or noun

Examples of counterrevolution in a Sentence

The leader vowed to stop any attempt at counterrevolution. Soldiers loyal to the President led the counterrevolution.

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Thomas’s fellow conservatives might not be willing to carry out his counterrevolution in full, of course. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Clarence Thomas’s Unprecedented America," 26 June 2019 Nothing slows progress like a schematic counterrevolution. Conor Orr,, "OK, OK, But How Much Would Tom Brady Get From a New Team in Free Agency?," 6 Aug. 2019 In Egypt, Sudanese protesters have a clear example of what happens when a pro-democratic revolution eventually gets swept away by a vicious counterrevolution led by the military establishment. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Will Sudan’s military crush hope for democracy?," 5 June 2019 In nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump selected a scion of the Republican legal establishment who has fought to complete a judicial counterrevolution that has eluded conservatives for decades. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Who Is Brett Kavanaugh?," 9 July 2018 Trump’s love affair with capital punishment runs deep, and Sessions’s tenure at the Justice Department is essentially a one-man counterrevolution against the bipartisan consensus on criminal-justice reform. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Trump Administration’s Death Penalty Daydream," 21 Mar. 2018 Now these same fighters face the wrath of long-term NATO ally Turkey, which is undergoing its own Islamicizing counterrevolution. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "What Are We Still Doing in Syria?," 25 Jan. 2018 Nothing slows progress like a schematic counterrevolution. Conor Orr,, "OK, OK, But How Much Would Tom Brady Get From a New Team in Free Agency?," 6 Aug. 2019 And above all that lies what seems the ultimate explanation for the disappointments of Reconstruction: an unbearably bloody white Southern counterrevolution. Gregory Downs, Washington Post, "Why did the North fight the Civil War?," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of counterrevolution

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of counterrevolution

: action by a group, army, etc., that is done to overthrow a government that is in power because of an earlier revolution

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