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counterword

(ˈkaʊntəˌwɜːd)
n
(Linguistics) a word widely used in a sense much looser than its original meaning, such as tremendous or awful

count•er•word

(ˈkaʊn tərˌwɜrd)

n.
a word that has come to be used with meanings much less specific than that which it had originally, as swell, awful, or terrific.
[1670–80]
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Siemon describes critical writing, his own as well as everyone else's as " the encounter of utterance with utterance, with the aim of embedding the text's words in its contemporary counterwords as well as in our own paraphrases and indirect locutions" (93, emphasis supplied).