countersurge

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

counter- +‎ surge

Noun[edit]

countersurge (plural countersurges)

  1. A surge opposing an earlier surge.
    • 1997, Samuel P. Huntington, The clash of civilizations and the remaking of world order
      Across the centuries the fortunes of the two religions have risen and fallen in a sequence of momentous surges, pauses, and countersurges.
    • 2007 July 13, Michael R. Gordon, “Bush Distorts Qaeda Links, Critics Assert”, New York Times:
      With the Shiite militias having taken a lower profile since the troop increase began, and with Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia embarking on its own sort of countersurge, a main focus of the American military operation is to deprive the group of its strongholds in the areas surrounding Baghdad — and thus curtail its ability to carry out spectacular casualty-inducing attacks in the Iraqi capital.