coun·​ter·​vi·​o·​lence ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈvī-lən(t)s How to pronounce counterviolence (audio)
variants or counter-violence
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterviolence was in 1839

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“Counterviolence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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