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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In 1968, the counterculture rock musical ‘‘Hair’’ h opened at Broadway’s Biltmore Theater, beginning a run of 1,750 performances., "This day in history," 28 Apr. 2018 The drugs kind of escaped the laboratory and were embraced by the counterculture. Mandy Oaklander, Time, "This Will Change Your Mind About Psychedelic Drugs," 16 May 2018 As torchbearers for the counterculture, Vouga, 30, and his partner, Lauren Tackberry, 27, have created a home in Berkeley that is refreshingly devoid of the superficial gleam that disposable modernism often emits. Leilani Marie Labong, San Francisco Chronicle, "Peace, love and a ’70s vibe rock a Berkeley home," 1 June 2018 And the one with all the psychedelics and the counterculture origins. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Corey Pein, author of ‘Live Work Work Work Die,’ on Recode Decode," 13 June 2018 The Monkees were history’s most famous made-for-TV band, a virtuous counter to ’60s counterculture. Allison Stewart,, "Hey, hey, it's the Monkees, coming to this town," 7 June 2018 If cryptocurrency represents the new counterculture, as Ludwin says, then the punks are already growing up. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Wednesday April 18," 18 Apr. 2018 In 40 years, the fabled Fred's Texas Cafe has endured a tornado, a fire and nights as an after-hours hangout for the counterculture side of the Cultural District. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "The 'home of the Fred Burger' turns 40. Have a $5 cheeseburger to celebrate," 4 July 2018 Deadly Class, meanwhile, is set in a dark, comic book world against the backdrop of late 1980s counterculture and follows a homeless teen recruited into a storied private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Nightflyers,' 'Deadly Class': Watch Trailers for Syfy's Upcoming Dramas," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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obstinately defiant of authority

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