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A culture, especially of young people, with values or lifestyles in opposition to those of the established culture.

coun′ter·cul′tur·al adj.
coun′ter·cul′tur·ist n.


(Sociology) of or relating to a counterculture
ˌcounterˈculturalist n
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Its message has become countercultural, strange, rejected by many.
Because of their minority status in many Western societies, Baptists have often been advocates of countercultural activities.
It will be found only in a classic Catholicism - a Catholicism with the courage to be countercultural, a Catholicism that has reclaimed the wisdom of the past in order to face the corruptions of the present and create a renewed future, a Catholicism that risks the high adventure of fidelity.
Some of the more severe styles of rock music, such as the darkest and most nihilistic forms of heavy metal (so-called "black metal" and "death metal"), are sometimes referred to in countercultural circles as "aesthetic" or "poetic terrorism," artistic styles designed to achieve through appeals to artistic taste what conventional terrorism hopes to achieve through political violence.
To this end, Neuhaus is genuinely countercultural -- not only in his social conservatism.
In the years since its publication, Gravity's Rainbow has become canonized in the academy as a classic postmodern novel because its disrupted narrative conventions, its indeterminate epistemology, and its countercultural politics anticipate, indeed, influence later theories of postmodernism.
Freedman shows that these apostasies had less to do with any conservative conspiracy than with liberalism's abandonment of a class-sensitive politics in favor of one that redefined "need" in terms of countercultural, racial, gender, and other grievances and rights.
Like Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood (the two authors are not related), Ryu's novel presents late-sixties Japan as quieter and gentler than here, the trappings of rebellion and change just that--a matter largely of fashion, of a fascination with the West perhaps less countercultural than counterproductive.
When I asked him about it, he produced the following distinction between reactionary, low-brow humor - a la Beavis and Butt-Head, Andrew Dice Clay, and Howard Stern - and countercultural humor as embodied (presumably) in The Realist and in the late Lenny Bruce: Bruce's humor was about breaking taboos and opening things up, Krassner offered, whereas Stern and other "shock-jocks" reinforce taboos and stereotypes.
To this end, he considers its status as a symbol of reliability and affordability in Latin America, as well as a countercultural icon to mainstream conformist values in the US.
What happens when a young person in a secular age feels God calling him to a decidedly countercultural way of life?
We love to talk about ourselves as countercultural.