counterculture

noun
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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Violence and unrest filled Americans' TV screens in 1968 with major news events including the Vietnam War, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and various counterculture and civil rights protests. Kendall Trammell, CNN, "'Scooby-Doo' wasn't just another cartoon. It was a reaction to the political turmoil at the time," 13 Sep. 2019 Bursting with counterculture and contemporary art, the eclectic German capital echoes with powerful reminders of a turbulent past. National Geographic, "Berlin Photography Workshop," 10 Sep. 2019 But the track is more deeply a parable about the double-edged sword of 1969 itself, when the counterculture promises of personal freedom and social revolution devolved into a collective sense of hazy disorientation. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Best Songs of 1969: Staff Picks," 14 Aug. 2019 But Williamson may have found the counterculture eventually, and memories of the time are hazy. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Marianne Williamson Wants Politics to Enter the New Age," 14 Aug. 2019 The Manson girl mythology had everything pop culture in 1969 could want: the gruesome killing of a movie star, beautiful young girl murderers, the counterculture gone wild, and a titillating hint of a hippie-ish free love ethos. Constance Grady, Vox, "The evolving mythology of the “Manson girls”," 8 Aug. 2019 Going back to the Sixties hippie era, QT evokes the cultural differences between middle-class California conservatism (embodied by inside-outsiders Rick and Cliff) and Manson’s dangerously radical counterculture. Armond White, National Review, "Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood Is His Best Film," 26 July 2019 Still, the scripture slipped into New York’s spiritual counterculture, attracting small pockets of questioning students. Sam Kestenbaum, New York Times, "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson’s Presidential Bid," 5 July 2019 However counterculture his artists, Newman wanted to make a place for them front and center. Los Angeles Times, "The 1960s Dilexi Gallery, raw and radical, gets brought back to life," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of counterculture

1947, in the meaning defined above

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