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counterrevolution

[koun-ter-rev-uh-loo-shuh n] /ˈkaʊn tərˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən/
noun
1.
a revolution against a government recently established by a revolution.
2.
a political movement that resists revolutionary tendencies.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; counter- + revolution, as translation of French contre-révolution
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  • Yet to start taking responsibility would require a cultural counterrevolution.
  • After six months, a counterrevolution was in full swing in both offices.
  • It was, at one and the same time, a genuine revolution and an authentic counterrevolution.
  • The line between revision and counterrevolution is a thin one.
  • Recently, however, there have been stirrings of counterrevolution.
  • Behold the counterrevolution, a machination of the state.
  • The counterrevolution of slavery politics and ideology in antebellum south carolina.
Word Origin and History for counterrevolution
n.

also counter-revolution, 1791, from counter- + revolution. First recorded in U.S. with reference to American Revolution.

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