counterplot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v counterplot make a plot in response to another plot
    • n counterplot a plot intended to subvert another plot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Counterplot A plot or artifice opposed to another.
    • v. t Counterplot To oppose, as another plot, by plotting; to attempt to frustrate, as a stratagem, by stratagem. "Every wile had proved abortive, every plot had been counterplotted ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • counterplot To oppose or frustrate by another plot or stratagem.
    • n counterplot A plot or artifice advanced in opposition to another.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Counterplot to plot against in order to frustrate another plot:—pr.p. counterplot′ting; pa.p. counterplot′ted
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contra, against.

Usage

In literature:

His policy was one of endless plot and counterplot.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
The admiral evidently had known all, and was prepared with a perfect counterplot.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
But the waters were seething now, stirred to their very lees by plot and counterplot.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
An obscure period of plot and counterplot followed which culminated in the ruin of Marcel and his followers.
"The Story of Paris" by Thomas Okey
Instead of constructing marvellous counterplots, I fell sound asleep.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
Order had come out of the chaos of plot and counterplot; Trevison's course was to be as direct as his hatred.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Cora, dear, tell me that you have succeeded in our little counterplot.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
The authority of Somerset awakened discontent and secret counterplots.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
I had a scheme for collecting that ransom without danger of being caught by counterplots that ought to commend itself to professional kidnapers.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
THE COUNTERPLOT CHAPTER X.
"The Works Of Edward Bulwer-Lytton A Linked Index to the Project Gutenberg Editions" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
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In poetry:

By faith I counterplot my foes,
Nor need their ambush fear;
Because my life-guard also goes
Behind me in the rear.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine