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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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