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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.
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(Sociology) of or relating to a counterculture
ˌcounterˈculturalist n
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