subculture [ verb suhb- kuhl-cher; noun suhb-kuhl-cher] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN verb (used with object), sub·cul·tured, sub·cul·tur·ing. . Bacteriology to cultivate (a bacterial strain) again on a new medium. noun . Bacteriology a culture derived in this manner. . Sociology the cultural values and behavioral patterns distinctive of a particular group in a society. a group having social, economic, ethnic, or other traits distinctive enough to distinguish it from others within the same culture or society. Origin of subculture
First recorded in
culture Related forms sub·cul·tur·al, adjective sub·cul·tur·al·ly, adverb
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Of the four
sub-culture areas noted by Kroeber the central group is the most extensive and typical.
Newly found materialism brought these territories a malignant form of capitalism coupled with a
sub-culture of drugs and crime. British Dictionary definitions for sub-culture noun ( ˈsʌbˌkʌltʃə) a subdivision of a national culture or an enclave within it with a distinct integrated network of behaviour, beliefs, and attitudes a culture of microorganisms derived from another culture verb ( sʌbˈkʌltʃə) (tr) to inoculate (bacteria from one culture medium) onto another medium Derived Forms subcultural, adjective
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Word Origin and History for sub-culture n.
1886, in reference to bacterial cultures, from
sub- + culture (n.). From 1936 in reference to human cultures.
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n. A culture made by transferring to a fresh medium microorganisms from a previous culture.
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A group within a society that has its own shared set of customs, attitudes, and values, often accompanied by
jargon or slang. A subculture can be organized around a common activity, occupation, age, status, ethnic background, race, religion, or any other unifying social condition, but the term is often used to describe deviant groups, such as thieves and drug users. ( See counterculture.)
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