the culture and lifestyle of those people, especially among the young, who reject or oppose the dominant values and behavior of society.

1965–70; counter- + culture

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

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Word Origin & History

also counter-culture, counter culture, 1970, from counter- + culture (q.v.).
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Cultural Dictionary

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
Eggshells involves itself with a mysterious presence moving through the
  counterculture of its times.
The country's ever-growing consumer culture almost requires an increased sense
  of individuality and its own counterculture.
And nothing more eloquently symbolizes the counterculture era than the peace
There was not much in the way of culture or counterculture, and it's not really
  near anything.
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