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 book, resonant with the Beats and containing a preface by Jack Kerouac, helped establish the sensibility and visual language of the emerging counterculture. Jason Heller, The Atlantic, "Robert Frank, the Iconoclastic Image-Maker," 11 Sep. 2019 Trip Highlights Trip Highlights Set out on photo assignments in Berlin’s vibrant neighborhoods, from hipster haunts to bastions of the city’s counterculture movement. National Geographic, "Berlin Photography Workshop," 10 Sep. 2019 Burning Man, which began on San Francisco’s Baker Beach in 1986, is known for its embrace of the counterculture. Cady Lang, Time, "The Holocaust Exhibit Featuring Barbie Dolls at Burning Man Draws Criticism," 6 Sep. 2019 In both, he's depicted as a singular, era-specific form of evil, the unexpected byproduct of the counterculture who espoused peace and love while sowing chaos. Lorraine Ali,, "Commentary: Charles Manson was a white supremacist. Why can’t pop culture seem to admit it?," 20 Aug. 2019 On June 22, 1970, Schulz officially christened Snoopy’s little yellow friend Woodstock, naming him for the massive counterculture music festival that was staged 50 years ago this week on the farm in Bethel, New York. Michael Cavna, Twin Cities, "How Charles Schulz finally named that bird Woodstock after the 1969 music festival," 18 Aug. 2019 Fifty years ago this week, one of the defining episodes in American counterculture history happened — Woodstock. Mirtha Donastorg, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 16 Aug. 2019 The chaos that became a utopia and a definitive statement for the ideals of '60s counterculture. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Woodstock at 50: The 12 Best Performances From the 1969 Festival," 14 Aug. 2019 The Den, with locations at The Lab in Costa Mesa and downtown Santa Ana, is known for its artsy, counterculture sensibilities and vegetarian and vegan food. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Gypsy Den café changes its name out of respect for Romani people, who find ‘G-word’ offensive," 26 July 2019

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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