counterviolence

noun coun·ter·vi·o·lence \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈvī-lən(t)s , -ˈvī-ə- \
variants: or counter-violence

Definition of counterviolence

: violence committed in retaliation for violence
  • Violence is not so much a question of a single act that breaks a supposed continuum of nonviolence or peace. Rather, violence is best understood as a historical cycle of violence and counterviolence.
  • —Simon Critchley

First Known Use of counterviolence

1839

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