coun·​ter·​trend ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌtrend How to pronounce countertrend (audio)
variants or counter-trend
plural countertrends or counter-trends
: a trend that is in response or opposition to another trend : an opposing trend
… illustrates a developing career countertrend. While conventional wisdom holds that many executives are now abandoning the frustrations of big companies for the entrepreneurial freedom of smaller ones, some salmon are still swimming upstream to larger companies.Hal Lancaster
Yet a small countertrend can finally be detected in the design of apartment houses. More than a handful are reviving the spirit of prewar buildings that have long been automatic best-sellers.Suzanne Stephens
often used before another noun
counter-trend traders
a counter-trend pattern

Examples of countertrend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This average hid an important countertrend. Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023 Yet as Andrés Spokoiny, president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, explains, NJPS also gave rise to a countertrend: deliberate policies of welcoming and attracting intermarried families. Andrew Silow-Carroll,, 11 May 2021 The Public Safety Partnership report noted that Cleveland saw a countertrend in violent crime during the last two decades. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 7 July 2020 The growth of conservative think tanks parallels the leftward migration of expertise in general: Call it a countertrend. Chris Mooney, Discover Magazine, 14 June 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of countertrend was in 1905

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“Countertrend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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