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counterplot

[n., v. koun-ter-plot; v. also koun-ter-plot] /n., v. ˈkaʊn tərˌplɒt; v. also ˌkaʊn tərˈplɒt/
noun
1.
a plot directed against another plot.
2.
Literature. a secondary theme in a play or other literary work, used as a contrast to or variation of the main theme.
Compare subplot.
verb (used without object), counterplotted, counterplotting.
3.
to devise a counterplot.
verb (used with object), counterplotted, counterplotting.
4.
to plot against (a plot or plotter).
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; counter- + plot
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British Dictionary definitions for counterplotting

counterplot

/ˈkaʊntəˌplɒt/
noun
1.
a plot designed to frustrate another plot
verb -plots, -plotting, -plotted
2.
(transitive) to oppose with a counterplot
3.
(intransitive) to devise or carry out a counterplot
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