[ koun-ter-kuhl-cher ]

  1. 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

First recorded in 1965–70; counter- + culture

Other words from counterculture

  • coun·ter·cul·tur·al, adjective
  • coun·ter·cul·tur·ist, coun·ter·cul·tur·al·ist, noun

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How to use counterculture in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for counterculture


/ (ˈkaʊntəˌkʌltʃə) /

  1. an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm

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Cultural definitions for 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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