counterword

/kown"teuhr werrd'/, n.
1. a word, often of short-lived popularity, widely used as an almost meaningless, automatic response.
2. a word that has come to be used with a meaning much less specific than that which it had originally, as swell, awful, or terrific.
[1670-80; COUNTER1 + WORD]

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Universalium. 2010.

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