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

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 Of course Escher’s popularity with the ‘60s counterculture had less to do with his formal skills than with the trippy content of his art. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Rather, her face was a Baroque cathedral of angles and folds, angels and cherubs, that captured, at once, the sublime eroticism and starry-eyed naïveté of the counterculture’s new religion of desire. Erik Morse, Vogue, 17 Mar. 2022 Over the years, Dijon has also amassed an enormous archive of books, magazines, and ephemera from across the worlds of fashion and nightlife all linked by her enduring fascination with overlooked corners of counterculture. Liam Hess, Vogue, 30 Mar. 2022 The Chelsea Hotel, an icon of 1960s counterculture, was a haven for famous artists and intellectuals including Patti Smith, Janis Joplin and the superstars of Warhol’s Factory. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 30 Mar. 2022 Based on a pair of wild weekends in the desert, the two-part article was a freewheeling epitaph for the 1960s counterculture. Peter Richardson, The New Republic, 28 Jan. 2022 Are they based on particular figures from the California counterculture? Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 It is estimated that 400,000 people attended the festival, which would go on to revolutionize not only music festivals but also the future of music, concerts and counterculture. NBC News, 9 Jan. 2022 The documentary The Velvet Underground was made under Todd Haynes’s presumption that the counterculture still matters. Armond White, National Review, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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