Definition of counterplot in English:

counterplot

noun

  • A plot intended to thwart another plot.

    • ‘Romeo and Juliette, similarly, is a story of emotions out of control, and of plots and counterplots tripping over one another.’
    • ‘We get no sense of the Western society in which they live, apart from a ham-fistedly jolly counterplot about Ziad's friend running a pizza restaurant.’
    • ‘Plot, counterplot, and civil war between Stilicho, Honorius, the Western senate and the Goths under Alaric did much to ensure in the long term the collapse of Roman rule throughout the West.’
    • ‘A dark night has fallen over Collinwood, a night that will bring with it both the plots and counterplots of good versus evil, as well as a deepening mystery of other worlds intersecting with our own.’
    • ‘The carefully controlled plan, the coup d'état they are preparing for, will collapse in a whirlwind of treachery and counterplots, and eventually they will be forced to abandon it.’
    • ‘Some people, particularly ambitious ones, see plots and counterplots where none exists.’
    • ‘All of these brothers, all of these princes, it just sounds like it would be inevitably a nest of plots and counterplots, ambitions and current.’
    • ‘Guy never allows the labyrinth of plots and counterplots to muddle his story.’
    • ‘I had a scheme for collecting that ransom without danger of being caught by counterplots that ought to commend itself to professional kidnappers.’
    • ‘Since the film rarely stops to take stock of its overcomplicated story (complete with political counterplots and a largely unexplored backstory), things can get a little confusing at times.’
    • ‘The rest is plot / counterplot, as the rival Sforzas plot to seduce Lucrezia, and political marriages ensue.’
    • ‘But unlike most of the conspiracies, plots and counterplots in the Lockerbie saga, this one has been solved in days, rather than years.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Devise a counterplot.

    • ‘Thus the plotting and counterplotting gets morally foggier when public relations gets into the government and industry arena.’
    • ‘In a final twist Thynn is implicated as counterplotting against Monmouth to join forces with the Catholic cause.’
    • ‘Shoot To Kill - A tale of plotting and counterplotting commences after the new district attorney and an escaped gangster are killed in a car crash!’
    • ‘Sam is further wedged between the addictive scheming of Felix's bride-to-be Marjorie, and the vengeful counterplotting of his long-jilted mother Gloria.’
    • ‘In days of old, England has had Statesmen, such as Pitt and Castlereagh, who were true to their country and easily counterplotted and put down the Jesuit conspiracies in Ireland.’

Pronunciation:

counterplot

/ˈkoun(t)ərˌplät/