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 The Grateful Dead formed in the Bay area in 1965 and became one of the key symbols of the counterculture upon releasing a debut album in 1967 that was just as heavy on the members’ love for roots music as the psychedelia of the period. NBC News, 18 Nov. 2021 For the young Bill Graham and others, the Trips Festival proved that the emerging youth counterculture was not only real, but could be profitable. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 Oct. 2021 And with skateboarding making its Olympic debut this Sunday, a once-niche counterculture is now a global commodity and high-fashion obsession. Dan Campisi, CNN, 23 July 2021 Why, with an origin story forged in the crucible of this country’s counterculture and 51 years in business (almost unheard of in the modern cannabis space), do so few people know about the Proto Pipe and its creator, Phil Jergenson? Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 One of the defining bands of the late 1960s hippie counterculture. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 30 Oct. 2021 When its use was adopted by members of the counterculture, government officials responded by cracking down on academic studies and adding psilocybin and other psychedelics to a list of drugs with no medical benefit. al, 20 Oct. 2021 Appealing to creatives, and to some extent, counterculture, has been in Apple’s computer DNA. Lauren Goode, Wired, 18 Oct. 2021 On the way, the couple happen upon Elysium, an idyllic counterculture community, where money, careers and clothing are strictly optional. Travis Bean, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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