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
In reality there was a counterplot, and that in a dangerous quarter.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
The maid, Josefa, was a light-headed creature perfectly willing to plot or counterplot with anybody.
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
Plots and counterplots added to the general uneasiness; failing to soothe them, more than one minister had been dismissed in disgrace.
"Trusia" by Davis Brinton
He was tired of plot and counterplot.
"Geoffrey Hampstead" by Thomas Stinson Jarvis
Just let me know all that is going on in the garrison, and if I don't counterplot them, I am a Dutchman.
"The Vicar of Wrexhill" by Mrs [Frances] Trollope
It was as though nature had stopped her orchestra in disgust at the plot and counterplot brewing on her darkened stage.
"The Crime Doctor" by Ernest William Hornung
The astute Athenian saw that the counterplot had collapsed.
"The Golden Hope" by Robert H. Fuller
She was warned in time, and thereupon hatched a counterplot for his destruction.
"The Beautiful White Devil" by Guy Boothby
It is laid amid the plots and counterplots of bloody Russia, the most melodramatic background of modern history.
"The Critical Game" by John Albert Macy
With the solution of the other's plan, came a counterplot with which he hoped to balk it.
"The Young Continentals at Bunker Hill" by John T. McIntyre
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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