coun·​ter·​cul·​ture ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌkəl-chər How to pronounce counterculture (audio)
: a culture with values and mores that run counter to those of established society
countercultural adjective
counterculturalism noun
counterculturist noun

Examples of counterculture in a Sentence

the counterculture of the hippies He was part of the antiwar counterculture.
Recent Examples on the Web The two thumbed fist stood for the Freak Power platform, the peyote button representing the wider drug counterculture. Rory Feehan, SPIN, 9 Nov. 2023 This was the slang: the land on the outskirts of early English ownership and, by association, its counterculture. Caleb Madison, The Atlantic, 28 Oct. 2023 The avenue runs a block off the park, right up to campus, where many of the shops and restaurants lining the street are entwined with Berkeley counterculture. Ali Martin, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Jan. 2024 Their famed show, The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, premiered in 1967 and became a counterculture staple with pointed bits and sly references to everything from recreational drug use to the Vietnam War. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2023 Behind the New Iron Curtain Caviar, counterculture, and the cult of Stalin reborn by Marzio G. Mian,Translated by Elettra Pauletto [Miscellany] The Museum of Broken G.I. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 3 Jan. 2024 Darrell inspected the memorabilia in the office of Steve Van Doren, who is the brand’s ambassador, including photos of Warped Tour, a music festival Vans used to sponsor that helped burnish its counterculture status. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2024 As Smothers put it, Comedy Hour didn’t help instigate counterculture sentiment, but reflected it. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 27 Dec. 2023 Originally designed for Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, Volkswagen sold hundreds of thousands of Beetles in the 1960s as the car became an emblem of anti-establishment counterculture. Zolan Kanno-Youngs Marian Carrasquero, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterculture was in 1947

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“Counterculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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