coun·​ter·​cul·​ture | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce counterculture (audio) \

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 How to pronounce counterculture (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adjective
counterculturalism \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce counterculture (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ noun
counterculturist \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​list How to pronounce counterculture (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ noun

Examples of counterculture in a Sentence

the counterculture of the hippies He was part of the antiwar counterculture.
Recent Examples on the Web At a time when domestic rock music was still a form of counterculture, the influential group catapulted the genre into the mainstream. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Breaking Down Guitarist Hotei's Collaborative Album 'Soul to Soul,' Feat. Artists From Around the Globe," 29 Jan. 2021 Aptly for a business long associated with the counterculture, the tutorial is a wry summary of the dark arts of marketing. The Economist, "Rolling in it Branding lessons from Rizla," 16 Jan. 2021 In the United States, Harris’s brand of economics was seen as a part of the academic counterculture. Washington Post, "The Jamaican connection," 13 Jan. 2021 Metaphysics and the counterculture are a through line of Hundley’s work, including a number of Taschen collaborations — most notably an overview of Dennis Hopper’s photography enriched by hours of interviews with the actor. Steffie Nelson, Los Angeles Times, "A new ‘Library of Esoterica’ brings the occult to your coffee table," 15 Dec. 2020 When Teresa Strasser was growing up, her mom was a hippie, raising her kids alone as part of San Francisco's counterculture. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, "Storytellers to share joys, disappointments of holidays," 8 Dec. 2020 When Strasser was growing up, her mom was a hippie, raising her kids alone as part of San Francisco's counterculture. Michelle Rogers, The Arizona Republic, "Annual holiday storytelling show to be held at drive-in," 2 Dec. 2020 Both Zappa and Thompson viewed the emerging counterculture with suspicion. John Semley, The New Republic, "How Weird Was Frank Zappa?," 26 Nov. 2020 The phase 3 results are landing in an environment newly receptive to these chemicals long demonized as tools of the counterculture. Ben Harris,, "Jewish psychedelics advocate working to turn club drug into legal medicine," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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13 Feb 2021

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“Counterculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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