[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. countercheck,
  2. counterclaim,
  3. counterclockwise,
  4. counterconditioning,
  5. countercoup,
  6. countercurrent,
  7. countercyclical,
  8. counterearth,
  9. countereconomy,
  10. counterespionage

Origin of counterculture

First recorded in 1965–70; counter- + culture

Related formscoun·ter·cul·tur·al, adjectivecoun·ter·cul·tur·ist, coun·ter·cul·tur·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for countercultural


/ (ˈkaʊntəˌkʌltʃə) /


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



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for countercultural


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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