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 Hughes spoke the language of the counterculture and had socialized with Manson before the cult leader’s 1969 arrest. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 3 July 2024 Although Circle of Hope eschewed most labels, its founders, the Whites, were the spiritual children of the Jesus movement, which emerged out of the counterculture in the late sixties. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, 30 June 2024 But going against the grain is what Deadpool is known for as — despite being a box office blockbuster — the series has come to represent a type of sardonic counterculture. Alex Abad-Santos, Vox, 21 June 2024 In memoriam: John Sinclair, Detroit poet, cannabis activist and counterculture icon has died. Emily Lawler, Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for counterculture 

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterculture was in 1947

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“Counterculture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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