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 Once these drugs became a synecdoche for the hippie counterculture, and some researchers (including ones at the CIA) did less-than-ethical work, the stigma stuck. Sarah Scoles, Popular Science, "What happens when psychedelics make you see God," 9 Nov. 2020 To paraphrase Dylan, Carter welcomed the counterculture into the establishment. Star Tribune, "Chadwick Boseman as James Brown: 10 best to watch, read or hear this week," 3 Sep. 2020 First hosting the musical counterculture of the late '60s via local bands like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, three decades later Haight witnessed another sonic revolution in the form of electronic music upon Om's arrival in 1995. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Label Spotlight: 25 Years In, Om Records Is Still Aiming For That Goosebumps Feeling," 25 Aug. 2020 Originally a staple of the working man and then a symbol of youth counterculture in the ’50s and ’60s, the jeans of 2020 are relegated to the back of the closet. Carley Fortune,, "That’s It, I’m Never Wearing Jeans Again! (Who’s With Me?)," 10 Aug. 2020 Until recently, practitioners of psychedelic therapy clung to a loose set of aesthetics—hand-me-down tropes from the counterculture that grew slightly less cartoonish over time. Margaret Rhodes, Wired, "On Your Next Psychedelic Journey, Let an App Be Your Guide," 10 Aug. 2020 The most radical and numerous squats were found in Hamburg, where diverse groups of young people occupied empty buildings as part of an urban counterculture that rejected both the Cold War and the legacy of fascism. James Stout, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Brief History of Anti-Fascism," 24 June 2020 Much as the underground press provided a forum for the New Left and counterculture of the 1960s, High Times served as the national message center for the 1970s movement to bring marijuana to the mainstream. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Smoking: A Legal Weed Reading List," 19 May 2019 Harvey Ovshinsky, the documentarian and author who was a leader in Detroit’s robust 1960s counterculture, recalls his many run-ins with Lobsinger and Breakthrough in a memoir scheduled to be published next spring by the Wayne State University Press. Bill Mcgraw, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's infamous right-wing extremist died and hardly anyone knew — until now," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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15 Nov 2020

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“Counterculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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