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 countercultural (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ adjective
counterculturalism \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce counterculturalism (audio) , -​ˈkəl-​chə-​ \ noun
counterculturist \ ˌkau̇n-​tər-​ˈkəlch-​rə-​list How to pronounce counterculturist (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 When Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda visited the island, the occupation became a counterculture happening. Douglas Brinkley, CBS News, ""Indian Land Forever": The 50th anniversary of the Alcatraz Island takeover," 8 Dec. 2019 The first head shop in this state at the forefront of counterculture and legal marijuana plans to close with the new year. USA TODAY, "Pothole protest, Ernie Pyle, urine scare: News from around our 50 states," 4 Dec. 2019 The books spawned reading groups across the country and filtered into the counterculture. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "Till Seth Do Us Part," 29 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, life in the states was kind of coming apart at the seams, with war protests, the counterculture and political violence. John Adamian,, "America’s 50th anniversary tour at Ridgefield Playhouse," 4 Oct. 2019 But also, the brightest elements of the ’60s, its art culture, its music culture, the liberation that occurred through the counterculture. Matt Wake |, al, "Connecting Charles Manson’s music to the murders," 14 Aug. 2019 The prolific singer, songwriter and icon of the 1960s counterculture performs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Event Center in Catonsville on November 12. Sameer Rao,, "Bob Dylan the latest high-profile artist to commit to play at UMBC Event Center," 11 Sep. 2019 After studying journalism at New York's Baruch College, Krassner went to work for Mad Magazine before founding the satirical counterculture magazine The Realist in 1958. NBC News, "1960s prankster Paul Krassner, who named Yippies, dies at 87," 21 July 2019 The company that most successfully harnessed the ethos of the libertarian counterculture to a new vision of ’80s-style consumer capitalism was Apple. Kim Phillips-fein, The New Republic, "The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2020

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“Counterculture.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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