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 History of this Word

"counter" is from "contra" (against), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, "counter" is a word added to another word to make a new word.

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grammar is modifier

"counter-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "against" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

counter- illustration Your pleasure-loving nature is counterbalanced by a certain restraint in expressing your affection.
counter- illustration I have to give a counterexample to prove the statement false.