coun·​ter·​spy | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌspī How to pronounce counterspy (audio) \

Definition of counterspy

: a spy engaged in counterespionage

Examples of counterspy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the Spanish Civil War, an agent on a mission to purchase coal meets with murder and counterspies. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 This wasn’t difficult to do, and the U.S. reacted with defensive measures, deploying FBI counterspies throughout the hemisphere. Nicholas Reynolds, WSJ, "‘The Tango War’ Review: The Southern Theater," 24 Oct. 2018 Then there is the veteran Israeli espionage journalist Ronen Bergman, who has taken a slightly different angle into the shadow world of spies, counterspies and assassinations. Jeff Stein, Newsweek, "A Secret History of Israeli Assassinations," 2 Feb. 2018 Spies fall in love with counterspies, Israelis with Palestinians, Prisoner Z with his guard. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "The Best New Fiction," 8 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of counterspy

1939, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterspy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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