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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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The group has taken steps to ingratiate itself with local populations and reduce its exposure to counterrevolutionary forces," the report said.
With few exceptions like Morocco, these were countered with either brute force as in Syria and Bahrain, or counterrevolutionary moves like the 2013 military coup in Egypt, and Saudi undermining of a real political transition in Yemen.
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In his latest novel, Padura created the fictional character of Ivan Cardenas Maturell, a great hope of modern Cuban literature in his youth, until he dared to write a story that was deemed counterrevolutionary.
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The first part looks at the period after the French Revolution with seven entries on counterrevolutionary thought, romanticism, nationalism, Hegel's influence, the role of history and law, social science, and radical movements.
Soon we find that all ethnic minorities are equal, but some are more equal than others, and as such need more of a reward for their efforts and any criticism is not only counterrevolutionary, but must be viewed through the lens of political correctness so that these ethnic minorities who are playing the race card against the wider community, can accuse the wider community of racial prejudice.
Some of those detained last week have admitted "they were deceived, and some said they came out based on a call from a counterrevolutionary," he said, according to the conservative website Tabnak.