counteroffensive

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coun·ter·of·fen·sive

 (koun′tər-ə-fĕn′sĭv)
n.
A large-scale counterattack by an armed force, intended to stop an enemy offensive.

counteroffensive

(ˈkaʊntərəˌfɛnsɪv)
n
(Military) a series of attacks by a defending force against an attacking enemy

coun•ter•of•fen•sive

(ˌkaʊn tər əˈfɛn sɪv, ˈkaʊn tər əˌfɛn-)

n.
an attack by an army against an attacking enemy force.
[1915–20]

counteroffensive

A large scale offensive undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from the attacking force. See also counterattack.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counteroffensive - a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force
offence, offensive, offense - the action of attacking an enemy
Translations

counteroffensive

[ˈkaʊntərəˌfɛnsɪv] ncontroffensiva
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The group (Daesh) uses suicide attacks, particularly suicide car bombings, to initiate major battles and to disrupt pending Iraqi counteroffensives," wrote The Soufan Group, a top intelligence analysis firm, citing the battle of Ramadi as an example.
Toll continues the story from his previous volume, Pacific Crucible, which covered the first six months of the conflict, to recount the Pacific War from 1942 to 1944, when Allied counteroffensives against Japan resulted in Japan's defeat in the Marianas.
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