counteroffensive counteroffensive  /ˌkaʊn tə rɔ ˈfɛn sɪv/


  • (n) a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force


  1. And the cartels have responded with a violent counteroffensive, killing more than 500 police, soldiers, judges and other officials during Calderon's 21 months in power.
  2. Many believe Batista's kidnapping is part of that counteroffensive.
  3. From a political point of view, the South Vietnamese counteroffensive came none too soon.


  • Obama Declares War On Coal, Embraces Pipeline

    President Obama launched a comprehensive climate change policy this week from  Georgetown University. According to supporters, the need to combat global warming through carbon reductions is long overdue. Opponents on the other hand immediately launched a counteroffensive, claiming that the President's speech amounted to a declaration of war against fossil fuels, and especially coal,  in favor of ...
    on June 26, 2013     Source: Forbes


  1. "So what we are witnessing is actually a war with offensive, counteroffensive fighting," Guehenno told the Security Council.
    on Feb 8, 2008 By: Jean-Marie Guehenno Source: Washington Post

  2. "The US Empire has launched an anti-historical, retrograde counteroffensive in order to reverse union, sovereignty and democracy in our hemisphere and try to restore the imperial dominance in all the fields of the life of our societies," warned...
    on Aug 27, 2009 By: Hugo Chávez Source: El Universal

  3. "One thing is defense, which is legitimate, and another is a counteroffensive of widespread attack," Zapatero told Punto Radio. "It won't bring anything other than an escalation of violence."
    on Jul 14, 2006 By: Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Source: International Herald Tribune

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