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.
Recent Examples on the Web The building of Confederate statues and monuments began as a counterrevolution in historical memory with deep political significance. Sean Wilentz, WSJ, "Monuments to a Complicated Past," 25 June 2020 For in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring protests to end autocratic rule and foster democracy has come an anti-democratic counterrevolution that rages to this day. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Facing down jail and wealthy foes, Arab rights defenders soldier on," 12 May 2020 This is music written in one of the most exciting periods of revolution and counterrevolution in the history of Europe. John Eliot Gardiner, New York Times, "A Revolutionary Approach to Beethoven: Period Instruments," 14 Feb. 2020 Maybe, at least in this one area, the Trump administration could mount a genuine counterrevolution in the name of liberty and common sense. Philip Wallach, National Review, "On Deregulation, Trump Has Achieved Little," 19 Dec. 2019 Across a continent reeling from revolutions and counterrevolutions, characters like Rambo, Conan, and Commando particularly resonated with viewers inspired by their exaggerated strength and daring confrontation with the powers that be. Anakwa Dwamena, The New York Review of Books, "Ghana’s Handmade Movie Poster Boom," 18 Jan. 2020 If there is ever a counterrevolution, one of the regime’s main tools will be social media. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "‘We’re at War’: A Covert Social Media Campaign Boosts Military Rulers," 6 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of counterrevolution

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Counterrevolution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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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