Beat generation



members of the generation that came of age after World War II who, supposedly as a result of disillusionment stemming from the Cold War, espoused forms of mysticism and the relaxation of social and sexual inhibitions.
Contemporary Examples

Kate Bosworth talks finding love on set, Beat Generation style, and her latest collaboration with Topshop.
Kate Bosworth Is Back and Crazy in Love Erin Cunningham November 4, 2013

Joyce Johnson is one of the few surviving writers of the Beat Generation, and perhaps one of the most underappreciated.
You Don’t Know Jack: Kerouac Biographer Joyce Johnson and ‘The Voice Is All’ Lauren Du Graf September 15, 2012

In 1979 I published Desolate Angel/Jack Kerouac, the Beat Generation, and America.
Kerouac Biographer Gets Back on the Road Dennis McNally October 1, 2014

noun (functioning as singular or pl)
members of the generation that came to maturity in the 1950s, whose rejection of the social and political systems of the West was expressed through contempt for regular work, possessions, traditional dress, etc, and espousal of anarchism, communal living, drugs, etc
a group of US writers, notably Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, who emerged in the 1950s

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