countermand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v countermand cancel officially "He revoked the ban on smoking","lift an embargo","vacate a death sentence"
    • n countermand a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Countermand koun"tẽr*mȧnd A contrary order; revocation of a former order or command. "Have you no countermand for Claudio yet,
      But he must die to-morrow?"
    • Countermand To oppose; to revoke the command of. "For us to alter anything, is to lift ourselves against God; and, as it were, to countermand him."
    • Countermand To prohibit; to forbid. "Avicen countermands letting blood in choleric bodies.""Which God defend that I should wring from him."
    • Countermand To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given; as, to countermand an order for goods.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • countermand To revoke (a command or an order); order or direct in opposition to (an order before given), thereby annulling it and forbidding its execution.
    • countermand To oppose by contrary orders or action; contradict the orders of.
    • countermand To prohibit; forbid.
    • n countermand A contrary order; a revocation of a former order, command, or notice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Countermand kown-tėr-mand′ to give a command in opposition to one already given: to revoke
    • n Countermand a revocation of a former order
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. contremander,; contre,L. contra,) + mander, to command, fr. L. mandare,. Cf. Mandate

Usage

In literature:

I say, couldn't we countermand those philosophical books?
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
Instantly the feast was countermanded.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
But I have no intention of countermanding Duncan's order.
"The Prairie Child" by Arthur Stringer
A flash of silver countermanded the order.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
I countermand the order for your destruction.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Then secret deals were made, and those orders countermanded.
"The Martian Cabal" by Roman Frederick Starzl
But these have been countermanded, and I do not know anything about my destination.
"An Aviator's Field Book" by Oswald Bölcke
A telegram was sent to a Baltimore marble firm countermanding a certain order.
"Daisy Brooks" by Laura Jean Libbey
But not a man questioned the countermanding of orders, not a mutter was heard.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
But my arrangement was not countermanded by the President, to whom I referred all objectors.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
But he did not countermand his last order.
"Cudjo's Cave" by J. T. Trowbridge
The goal that was named cannot be countermanded.
"The Voice of Science in Nineteenth-Century Literature" by Various
Were ordered to move on September 15th, but, after getting ready, the order was countermanded.
"Our Battery" by Orlando P. Cutter
The Colonel countermanded this at once.
"Waldfried" by Berthold Auerbach
Desire a thing one day, to countermand it the next.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
Our general, accordingly, followed my advice, and he countermanded the order he had given to Ircio.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 2 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
The march to Bologna was countermanded.
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe
Finally, he decides, he opens his mouth to countermand the presentation.
"Women of Modern France (Illustrated)" by Hugo Paul Thieme (1870-1940)
Cain took A-Bell's Life, and Joshua countermanded the Sun.
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
The horses were countermanded, and it was not until the next morning that he was again in the saddle, spurring for Williamsburg.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
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In poetry:

Take it not amiss!
Sang I of a kiss?
No, I surely never planned it.
Did you hear it, you?
Give no heed thereto,
Haste I make to countermand it.
"Love Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Jonathan and his armour-bearer, erst,
Unnumber'd foes successfully disper'sd:
When thou their souls didst with amazement fill,
Who cou'd resist, or countermand thy will!
"The Soldier's Prayer" by Rees Prichard