counterinstitution

noun coun·ter·in·sti·tu·tion \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌin(t)-stə-ˈtü-shən , -ˈtyü- \
variants: or counter-institution

Definition of counterinstitution

plural counterinstitutions or counter-institutions
: an institution formed to oppose or counteract another institution
  • … they have started creating small, democratically ordered counterinstitutions to help them alter or dismantle the "official" behemoths …
  • —Harvey Cox

First Known Use of counterinstitution

1844

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