counterstream

noun coun·ter·stream \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌstrēm \
variants: or counter-stream
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of counterstream

plural counterstreams or counter-streams
1 : a stream which runs counter to another
  • … those concealed rocks which I found when I was out in my boat; and which rocks, as they checked the violence of the stream, and made a kind of counter-stream, or eddy …
  • —Daniel Defoe
  • … there has been a counterstream of migrants returning from Britain and North America to many parts of the Caribbean …
  • —George Gmelch
2 : something (such as a political, cultural, or religious system) that is different from or opposed to the mainstream
  • … a convincing argument that the Appalachian religion is an authentic counterstream to modern, mainstream Protestantism.
  • The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture
  • But there is a critical difference between counterstream and mainstream cultures. The counterstream cultures lived in harmony with their environment, because they either had to or they chose to.
  • —Majda Bastic

First Known Use of counterstream

1719


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