counterchange

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French contrechange (noun), contrechanger (verb).

Verb[edit]

counterchange (third-person singular simple present counterchanges, present participle counterchanging, simple past and past participle counterchanged)

  1. To give and receive; to cause to change places; to exchange.
  2. To checker; to diversify, as in heraldic counterchanging.
    • Tennyson
      Witch-elms that counterchange the floor / Of this flat lawn with dusk and bright.

Noun[edit]

counterchange (plural counterchanges)

  1. (obsolete) An exchange of one thing for another.
  2. (obsolete) Due return (for an action etc.); reciprocation.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.ix:
      But Paridell sore brused with the blow, / Could not arise, the counterchaunge to scorse [...].

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