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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
counterplot
counterplot
Present
I counterplot
you counterplot
he/she/it counterplots
we counterplot
you counterplot
they counterplot
Preterite
I counterplotted
you counterplotted
he/she/it counterplotted
we counterplotted
you counterplotted
they counterplotted
Present Continuous
I am counterplotting
you are counterplotting
he/she/it is counterplotting
we are counterplotting
you are counterplotting
they are counterplotting
Present Perfect
I have counterplotted
you have counterplotted
he/she/it has counterplotted
we have counterplotted
you have counterplotted
they have counterplotted
Past Continuous
I was counterplotting
you were counterplotting
he/she/it was counterplotting
we were counterplotting
you were counterplotting
they were counterplotting
Past Perfect
I had counterplotted
you had counterplotted
he/she/it had counterplotted
we had counterplotted
you had counterplotted
they had counterplotted
Future
I will counterplot
you will counterplot
he/she/it will counterplot
we will counterplot
you will counterplot
they will counterplot
Future Perfect
I will have counterplotted
you will have counterplotted
he/she/it will have counterplotted
we will have counterplotted
you will have counterplotted
they will have counterplotted
Future Continuous
I will be counterplotting
you will be counterplotting
he/she/it will be counterplotting
we will be counterplotting
you will be counterplotting
they will be counterplotting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been counterplotting
you have been counterplotting
he/she/it has been counterplotting
we have been counterplotting
you have been counterplotting
they have been counterplotting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been counterplotting
you will have been counterplotting
he/she/it will have been counterplotting
we will have been counterplotting
you will have been counterplotting
they will have been counterplotting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been counterplotting
you had been counterplotting
he/she/it had been counterplotting
we had been counterplotting
you had been counterplotting
they had been counterplotting
Conditional
I would counterplot
you would counterplot
he/she/it would counterplot
we would counterplot
you would counterplot
they would counterplot
Past Conditional
I would have counterplotted
you would have counterplotted
he/she/it would have counterplotted
we would have counterplotted
you would have counterplotted
they would have counterplotted
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. And behind all, ever menacing, was death, violent and terrible.
OEDIPUS When with swift strides the stealthy plotter stalks I must be quick too with my counterplot. To wait his onset passively, for him Is sure success, for me assured defeat.
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!
Behn's focus is on women from the moment this plot line is introduced in act 1, scene 4: before we actually meet the male characters, she lets us know about Antonio's jealousy and his plan to use his friend Alberto to court his wife through a conversation between Clarina, Ismena and Clarina's servant Isabella, at the same time as we learn about their counterplot. Ismena's impersonation of Clarina can work because, although Alberto is Antonio's best friend, he has never seen her because "'Tis not the custom here for Men to expose their Wives to the view of any" (Behn [1671] 1996, 98).
This attention to privation highlights theater's tendency to adumbrate moments that have no obligations to a master plot, suggesting that what we consider a counterplot or a subplot--the ubiquitous theatrical elements that by definition depend on a main plot--might exist not to support a narrative, but instead to interrupt, halt, or erase it.
(3.) "In Edward II," she argues, "a letter serves as the material embodiment of the concept of countertext as counterplot." See Marjorie Garber, '"Here's Nothing Writ': Scribe, Script, and Circumscription in Marlowe's Plays," Theatre Journal 36.3 (1984): 301-20, 301.
"Valerie Martin's Property and the Failure of the Lesbian Counterplot." Mississippi Quarterly 63:1-2 (2010): 211-31.
"Camera, Character, Counterplot: On Watching Hitchcock Wrong." FQ 66.3 (2013): 28-43.
What this new kind of crime requires is "counterplot work," for "a mine can be reached only by a counter-mine" (Sidelights 127, 128).
I had learned so much from The Unmediated Vision (including its chapter on Valery, which inspired my own pages on Valery when Inescapable Romance became a book in 1979) and from Beyond Formalism, whose extraordinary essay on "Milton's Counterplot" became the inspiration for my chapter on Milton in that book.