counterviolence

noun
coun·​ter·​vi·​o·​lence | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈvī-lən(t)s How to pronounce counterviolence (audio) , -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, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterviolence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/counterviolence. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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