counterrevolution

noun coun·ter·rev·o·lu·tion \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən , 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

counterrevolutionary

play \ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌre-və-ˈlü-shə-ˌner-ē, ˌkau̇n-tə-\ adjective or noun

Examples of counterrevolution in a Sentence

  1. The leader vowed to stop any attempt at counterrevolution.

  2. Soldiers loyal to the President led the counterrevolution.

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First Known Use of counterrevolution

1793

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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COUNTERREVOLUTION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of counterrevolution for English Language Learners

  • : 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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