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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.
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(ˈkaʊn tərˌrɛv əˈlu ʃən)

1. a revolution against a government recently established by a revolution.
2. a political movement that resists revolutionary tendencies.
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Noun1.counterrevolution - a revolution whose aim is to reverse the changes introduced by a previous revolution
revolution - the overthrow of a government by those who are governed
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