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.

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The ‘60s brought counterculture and dustups with police, followed by resistance to chain stores and condos. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ocean Beach: The neighborhood the ’60s never forgot, where parrots fly free," 28 June 2019 Dilexi focused on counterculture artists whose work channeled an uncommon spirituality and who often employed ethereal or nontraditional materials. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Datebook: Getty Villa shows treasures from the Roman villa that inspired its design," 27 June 2019 But whereas Ellroy failed to finish high school, Knode has a master’s from Cornell and worked for a magazine, LA Weekly, which sprang from the counterculture Ellroy detested. The Economist, "James Ellroy finally has happiness in his sights," 8 June 2019 Outlaw country was a movement that involved threading a little long-haired hippie aspect into what had been the counterculture-averse world of country. John Adamian,, "Willie Nelson to helm Outlaw Music Festival, with Alison Krauss and Phil Lesh, at Xfinity," 7 June 2019 It’s built on a timeline showing the events and people who had major influences on the era, from Jackie Kennedy and Aubrey Hepburn in the early ’60s to the Vietnam War and the counterculture movement later in the decade., "Days of Future Past: Mobile exhibitions loop time," 4 June 2019 Gabriela’s grandmother was an early subscriber to the Whole Earth Catalog, the late-sixties counterculture magazine devoted to self-sufficiency. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "What’s Next for Gabriela Cámara? A New L.A. Restaurant—And Foray into Politics," 15 May 2019 To launch a watch at this landmark of counterculture creativity, far from the stuffy confines of a conventional fine-watch fair, felt like a bold move, and one intended to lure in a slightly younger clientele that’s not ready for a six-figure watch. Michael Clerizo, WSJ, "The Best Watches of 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Hudson Yards has had a somewhat mixed reception in New York, but the Shed has been seen by some as a saving grace—a way to preserve a little NYC counterculture amid the luxury shopping mall and millionaire’s condos. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Meet the Set Designer Behind For Björk Latest Showstopping Performance," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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