counterculture

noun
coun·​ter·​cul·​ture | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkəl-chər \

Definition of counterculture

: a culture with values and mores that run counter to those of established society

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Other Words from counterculture

countercultural \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈkəlch-​rəl , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adjective
counterculturalism \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​ˌli-​zəm , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ noun
counterculturist \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​list , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ noun

Examples of counterculture in a Sentence

the counterculture of the hippies He was part of the antiwar counterculture.

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His board seemed nothing more than an expression of wealth trying to claim the counterculture of skateboarding, but exempting him from the difficult parts—the coordination, the road rash, the sweat. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 Powell imagined a novelist-narrator whose sensibility was identical to his own and set him to observe the outward course of English life from World War I to the counterculture of the 1960s. Michael Gorra, WSJ, "‘Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time’ Review: Life’s Mysterious Patterned Way," 1 Nov. 2018 Based on the Rick Remender comic books, Deadly Class is an '80s-throwback that will bring together counterculture, fight scenes, and high school dynamics under one roof. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Most Anticipated TV Shows of 2019," 27 Dec. 2018 In some ways, hyper-local food is a counterculture movement, focused on growing herbs and vegetables in the same dense urban environments where they will be eaten. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Urban farms could be incredibly efficient—but aren’t yet," 27 Dec. 2018 In June, there’s more to explore than just the counterculture and the countryside: There’s the weekend-long 72nd annual Ojai Music Festival, with concerts from dawn to late night. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 9 May 2018 Like Burning Man, marijuana was once counterculture. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 Some are stacked with classic novels, others with zines and counterculture lit. cleveland.com, "16 great independent bookstores in Greater Cleveland and beyond," 25 Apr. 2018 In the late '80s, Gizmodo notes, it was adopted by counterculture musicians in the Pacific Northwest, with grunge bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam appropriating the print. Lindsey Desimone, ELLE Decor, "A Brief History Of...Plaid," 18 Aug. 2015

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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