June 22, 2007


countervail \kown-tur-VAYL\, transitive verb:
1. To act against with equal force, power, or effect; to counteract.
2. To compensate for; to offset; to furnish or serve as an equivalent to.

intransitive verb:
1. To exert force against an opposing, often bad, influence or power.

The failure also tended to countervail his undoubted gifts as an international negotiator and his achievements as Foreign Secretary.
-- Alden Whitman, "Career Built on Style and Dash Ended with Invasion of Egypt", New York Times, January 15, 1977


Sueblimely said...

Hi Matt
I saw your post about mutual linking in the Blogger Forums - my links are mostly of relevance to my blog topic, that is, blogging. Joining some of the social networking sites such as MyBlogLog and developing contacts by commenting on other's blogs can help develop natural linking.

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