Definition of counterdemonstration in US English:



  • A public demonstration organized in order to express opposition to the aims of another demonstration.

    ‘an effort by right-wing elements to organize a counterdemonstration failed’
    • ‘News reports indicate student activists had geared up for a series of counterdemonstrations.’
    • ‘The G8 summit is always a focus of huge counter-demonstrations by angry workers and young people and this July will be no different.’
    • ‘Abramoff organized counterdemonstrations, where students sang "God Bless America."’
    • ‘They staged no counter-demonstrations that day in Miami.’
    • ‘The Washington Post in particular went out of the way to cover their counterdemonstrations without revealing the numbers involved in those demonstrations.’
    • ‘So far, these demonstrations and counterdemonstrations have been remarkable in their peacefulness and in the frankness of their political aims.’
    • ‘There were counterdemonstrations by feminists and human rights supporters, not only in Bangladesh but all over the world.’
    • ‘Smash is an organizer of counter-demonstrations.’
    • ‘I should point out that representatives of the other side, groups like the Second Amendment Sisters, are holding counterdemonstrations here.’
    • ‘They were met with a host of counterdemonstrations and were forced to abandon their marches in a number of cities.’
    • ‘Just as they did during the Democratic National Convention, police officers carried out counter-demonstrations of their own.’
    • ‘Two counter-demonstrations are held—one, a 4,000-strong rally across town, and a second smaller one organized to directly confront the racists.’
    • ‘He went on, however, to contrast it to "promilitary" counterdemonstrations held around the country.’