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

Other Words from counterrevolution

counterrevolutionary \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˌre-​və-​ˈlü-​shə-​ˌner-​ē How to pronounce counterrevolution (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 United States has continued to foment counterrevolution on the island, Rodriguez said. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 In March, one of Claremont’s senior fellows published an essay proclaiming the need for a counterrevolution against the American majority who didn’t vote for Trump. Laura Field, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2021 The fact that its democracy survived even as the rest fell to civil war or counterrevolution gave inspiration to people across the region and many in the West. New York Times, 5 Aug. 2021 Its fledgling democracy persevered even as a ruthless counterrevolution took hold in Egypt, civil war hollowed out Syria, and Libya and Yemen both collapsed into a morass of warlordism. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 Alongside libertarians and anti-communists, social conservatives were the third leg of the famous three-legged electoral stool that formed the basis of the conservative counterrevolution of the 1980s. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 15 June 2021 Mohamed joined earlier this year and found an influx of Egyptian users around the 10-year anniversary of the Arab Spring, which in Egypt ultimately led to a military counterrevolution and the installation of a dictatorship. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 10 May 2021 In De Tocqueville’s scheme, the monarchy undergirded the way in which Britain, after its brief seventeenth-century republic and subsequent royalist counterrevolution, regressed to an uneasy compromise between the aristocratic and the democratic. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021 In two countries—Egypt and Bahrain—the state apparatus, with external support, forced a counterrevolution. Paul Salem, Time, 6 Jan. 2021

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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 29 Nov. 2021.

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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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