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[koun-ter-kuhl-cher] /ˈkaʊn tərˌkʌl tʃər/
the culture and lifestyle of those people, especially among the young, who reject or oppose the dominant values and behavior of society.
Origin of counterculture
1965-70; counter- + culture
Related forms
countercultural, adjective
counterculturist, counterculturalist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for counterculture
  • 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 sign.
  • There was not much in the way of culture or counterculture, and it's not really near anything.
  • Jobs was a card-carrying member of a generation that celebrated a hippie counterculture.
  • Here the counterculture met the mountain culture and something unique was born: bartering.
  • Ascend the steps into a fountain-centered courtyard and enter a bastion of calm, counterculture tranquility.
  • He underwent no fundamental transformation when he left the academic world for the counterculture.
  • Later, they appealed to the counterculture movements born of the sixties.
  • They grew up in a world in which the counterculture and the mainstream culture have merged with, and co-opted, each other.
British Dictionary definitions for counterculture


an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm
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Word Origin and History for counterculture

also counter-culture, counter culture, 1968, from counter- + culture (q.v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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counterculture in Culture

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.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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