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counterculture

[ koun-ter-kuhl-cher ]
/ ˈkaʊn tərˌkʌl tʃər /
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noun

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

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Origin of counterculture

First recorded in 1965–70; counter- + culture
coun·ter·cul·tur·al, adjectivecoun·ter·cul·tur·ist, coun·ter·cul·tur·al·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for counterculture

counterculture
/ (ˈkaʊntəˌkʌltʃə) /

noun

an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm
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Cultural definitions for counterculture

counterculture

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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