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coun·ter·plot

 (koun′tər-plŏt′)
n.
1. A plot or scheme intended to subvert another plot.
2. See subplot.
v. coun·ter·plot·ted, coun·ter·plot·ting, coun·ter·plots
v.intr.
To oppose or subvert one plot with another.
v.tr.
To plot against; thwart with a counterplot.

counterplot

(ˈkaʊntəˌplɒt)
n
a plot designed to frustrate another plot
vb, -plots, -plotting or -plotted
1. (tr) to oppose with a counterplot
2. (intr) to devise or carry out a counterplot

coun•ter•plot

(ˈkaʊn tərˌplɒt)

n., v. -plot•ted, -plot•ting. n.
1. a plot intended to foil another plot.
v.t.
2. to plot against.
[1590–1600]

counterplot


Past participle: counterplotted
Gerund: counterplotting

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
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Present Continuous
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Present Perfect
I have counterplotted
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Past Continuous
I was counterplotting
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Past Perfect
I had counterplotted
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Future
I will counterplot
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
I will be counterplotting
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
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Past Perfect Continuous
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Conditional
I would counterplot
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterplot - a plot intended to subvert another plot
plot, secret plan, game - a secret scheme to do something (especially something underhand or illegal); "they concocted a plot to discredit the governor"; "I saw through his little game from the start"
Verb1.counterplot - make a plot in response to another plot
plot - plan secretly, usually something illegal; "They plotted the overthrow of the government"
References in classic literature ?
The working of all great organisation there is underground - it is easy enough to meet plot by counterplot, to suborn, to deceive, to undermine.
It was warfare dark and devious, replete with intrigue and conspiracy, plot and counterplot.
On the strength of these profound views, he in the most ingenious manner takes infinite pains to counterplot when there is no plot, and plays the deepest games of chess without any adversary.
None of your plots against me; I'll counterplot you
Andronicus's living picture is replete with intrigues, imprisonments, escapes, daring military ventures, complicated plots and counterplots, foreign travels, exile and restoration, all leading up to his election as emperor.
Over and over in the novel, from these first pages onward, common objects and setting resist their assimilation to the invisible scaffolding of the novel, asserting their own small counterplots and resistances, drawing our attention to the material networks that subtend daily life.
In the face of gathering storm, it is business as usual with relentless plots, counterplots against each other.
There are a few flaccid passages that could do with trimming but, for the most part, Herrin and Poulton ensure the stakes remain high and audiences engaged by the interstices of plots and counterplots too embroiled to enumerate here.
More than that, MacKay in exemplary fashion unearths the plots, counterplots, and network of individuals linking a humble baker; an Augustinian friar Antonio, the prior of Crato (the most viable pretender to the Portuguese throne); Ana of Austria (nun, daughter of Don Juan of Austria, and a cousin to Philip II); and others in a complicated plot to claim Portugal back from Spain.
Indeed, Outcast could be classified as a precursor to the modern espionage novel--full of plots, counterplots, and speakers who, consciously or unconsciously, attempt to manipulate their listeners (and vice versa) through the deployment of story patterns.
We can find so much relevance in "Lee San," which is set centuries ahead of the American concept of governance, because the main character is also confronted with the same problems: corruption in government; oppression of the poor and marginalized; crimes like treason, even smuggling and economic sabotage, plunder by the wealthy and powerful; political opposition; palace intrigues; plots and counterplots.