culture war

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Etymology[edit]

culture +‎ war, a calque of German Kulturkampf.

Noun[edit]

culture war (plural culture wars)

  1. Conflict, especially political, over cultural values, particularly in the United States.

Usage notes[edit]

Often used in the plural, as “the culture wars”. Mostly used to refer to conflict in the 1980s onward, with the 1960s referred to as a different generation.

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