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1. A revolution whose aim is the deposition and reversal of a political or social system set up by a previous revolution.
2. A movement to oppose revolutionary tendencies and developments.

coun′ter·rev′o·lu′tion·ar′y (-shə-nĕr′ē) adj. & n.
coun′ter·rev′o·lu′tion·ist n.


(ˈkaʊn tərˌrɛv əˈlu ʃəˌnɛr i)

adj., n., pl. -ar•ies. adj.
1. characteristic of or resulting from a counterrevolution.
2. opposing a revolution or revolutionary government.
3. Also, coun•ter•rev•o•lu•tion•ist (ˈkaʊn tərˌrɛv əˈlu ʃə nɪst) a person who advocates or engages in a counterrevolution.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterrevolutionary - a revolutionary whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by an earlier revolution
revolutionary, revolutionist, subversive, subverter - a radical supporter of political or social revolution
Adj.1.counterrevolutionary - relating to or being a counterrevolution
2.counterrevolutionary - marked by opposition or antipathy to revolution; "ostracized for his counterrevolutionary tendencies"
revolutionary - advocating or engaged in revolution; "revolutionary pamphlets"; "a revolutionary junta"
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Yet the counterrevolutionaries were not simply authoritarians.
My heart leapt up when I beheld the likes of inappropriateness (17 letters) incomprehensibility (19 letters), and the 22-letter counterrevolutionaries and deinstitutionalization.
According to him, this unity actually lies in its regressive nature: "not all counterrevolutionaries are conservative (.
The Iranian official called on the Iraqi government and Iraq's Kurdistan territory officials to prevent the activities of PJAK and other similar counterrevolutionaries inside Iraq.
As for the counterrevolutionaries, they will certainly fail before the thunderous movement of the streetC* And until their resistance ends C*"let them have their fun".
Stephenson's methodology aside, his subject matter is the German soldiers serving on the Western Front from late fall 1918 through the civil war of early 1919, where they played the role of counterrevolutionaries against radical socialists, often sailors who spent the war in harbors and logistics forces ensconced in rear-echelon formations.
Like most, Khoi Governor Ebrahim Mohammadlu-Bamdad focused his attention on counterrevolutionaries.
Conspiracy in the French Revolution addresses a topic that has long been regarded as central to the political dynamic of the French Revolution: the seemingly boundless preoccupation of both revolutionaries and counterrevolutionaries with conspiracy and other forms of political intrigue.
They squeezed my wrists very hard, beat me in the back in the kidney area, and when people stepped in to do something, they said we were counterrevolutionaries.
Woell, who acknowledges that the precise number of those killed will never be known, cites a low-end estimate that at least 160 supporters of the First Republic were murdered while Machecoul was in the hands of counterrevolutionaries during March and April of 1793.
As with all authoritarian governments, the Islamic Republic's security agencies can process only so much information about the counterrevolutionaries, and they are constrained by security requirements, financial resources, even the banal strictures of available time.
For counterrevolutionaries, it was often enough to believe that one's cause has made one hated by one's enemies (even justly hated) in order to conclude that rule by victorious victims would be worse than the status quo.