coun·​ter·​ter·​ror·​ist ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈter-ər-ist How to pronounce counterterrorist (audio)
: of, relating to, or being measures taken to combat or prevent terrorism
counterterrorist officers
the counterterrorist unit

Examples of counterterrorist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pakistan, for example, cooperates with the United States on counterterrorist efforts yet also aids terrorist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba. Daniel Byman, Foreign Affairs, 20 Oct. 2015 In the era before streaming services, America would come together to watch counterterrorist agent Jack Bauer (Keifer Sutherland) save the day. Keith Langston,, 11 Jan. 2024 In Africa: With terrorists moving south across the Sahel and threatening the coastal states of West Africa, the focus of the Pentagon’s annual Flintlock exercise was on helping participants see their broader role in counterterrorist actions. Katie Rogers, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 But perhaps even more significant, prosecutors and judges from the host nations were invited this year to help the participants see their broader role in counterterrorist actions. John Ismay Kenny Holston, New York Times, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterterrorist was in 1906

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“Counterterrorist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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