counterculture

[koun-ter-kuhl-cher]
noun
the culture and lifestyle of those people, especially among the young, who reject or oppose the dominant values and behavior of society.

Origin:
1965–70; counter- + culture

countercultural, adjective
counterculturist, counterculturalist, noun
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counterculture (ˈkaʊntəˌkʌltʃə)
 
n
an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm

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counterculture
also counter-culture, counter culture, 1970, from counter- + culture (q.v.).
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counterculture definition


A protest movement by American youth that arose in the late 1960s and faded during the late 1970s. According to some, young people in the United States were forming a culture of their own, opposed to the culture of Middle America. (See hippies and Woodstock.)

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Example sentences for countercultural
Rock musicians, and other countercultural types, partially for the same reasons.
Also notable is a contemporary countercultural trend called steampunk.
It has morphed into an iconic countercultural symbol for a new generation of youth.
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