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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) an alternative culture, deliberately at variance with the social norm
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(ˈkaʊn tərˌkʌl tʃər)

the culture and lifestyle of those people who reject the dominant values and behavior of society.
coun`ter•cul′tur•al, adj.
coun′ter•cul`tur•ist, n.
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A culture within a society, consisting of people, especially the young, who reject the values of the mainstream.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.counterculture - a culture with lifestyles and values opposed to those of the established culture
culture - the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group
flower power - a counterculture of young people in the US during the 1960s and 70s
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Carpenter's life at Millthorpe, where he and George Merrill made sandals and did market gardening, was an inspiration to counterculturists all over the world, who made pilgrimages to Millthorpe to savor "the simple life." But Carpenter's was not a common simplicity: like Coco Chanel's, it had style.
And we were just the most visible concentration of counterculturists. Devotees of maharishis abounded all over the states, as those readers old enough to remember being accosted at airports by flower-proferring, saffron-robed, barefooted Hare Krishnas et al can attest.
In the counterculture, it was commonly believed that "deconditioning" the mind from mainstream values was critical if social transformation was ever to be possible: `[t]o rid oneself of the drives that produced aggression, authoritarianism, sexism, racism, intolerance, and sexual repression, counterculturists sought to disinherit pernicious social conditioning through a process alternately dubbed "deschooling," "reimprinting," or "deconditioning"' (Braunstein & Doyle 15).