coun·​ter·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion ˌkau̇n-tər-ˌin(t)-stə-ˈtü-shən How to pronounce counterinstitution (audio)
variants or counter-institution
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

Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of counterinstitution was in 1844

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Cite this Entry

“Counterinstitution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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