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  • n. A noticeable shift in society or culture in response to the activities or tastes of younger members of the culture.


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From youth ("young people") + quake, by analogy with earthquake


  • From 1965 to 1971, it was the center of the so-called youthquake, representing the best of new thinking in the social sciences, in psychodynamics, in systems theories.

    I Feel Earthquakes More Often Than They Happen

  • Baby boomers can remember with a shudder all those psychedelicized, lets-try-and-be-hip Hollywood "youthquake" movies in the late '60s.

    Romancing The Stoned

  • Life has never been the same since that "youthquake" of forty years ago.

    The Veterans of Domestic Disorders Memorial

  • Time has an interesting piece on the "youthquake" powering Egypt's protests right now.

    The Full Feed from

  • Founders of nonprofits, they are in the vanguard of what Jourdan Urbach, 18, the oldest and most outspoken in the group, described as a "youthquake" of charity among their generation Top News Headlines

  • Also displayed are some of the clothes they introduced to the mainstream: The black gown with a white sash worn by model Dovima, standing between two elephants, in a Richard Avedon photo; the topless bathing suit Rudi Gernreich made in 1964 that, as demonstrated by Peggy Moffitt in a William Claxton photo, drew a sharp line between the elegant look of 1950s models and the "youthquake" of the '60s; and Brooke Shields' second-skin Calvin Klein jeans from 1980 that she wore so famously at the age of 15. stories

  • Balenciaga designed for the magisterial likes of Gloria Guinness, Pauline de Rothschild and Bunny Mellon, not for the Twiggies, groupies and hippies of the 1960s youthquake—those skinny girls wearing the brave new minis of Cardin and André Courrèges.

    Fashion's Eternal Flame

  • But Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gives "Never Say Never" a B-plus: "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never may be the concert film as glorified promotional product, but it captures a genuine youthquake."

    'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never': Critics don't completely hate it

  • I think a lot of that has its roots in the massive youthquake that was the 60s.

    Matthew Yglesias » What Tea Parties Hath Wrought

  • The youthquake of the early 1960s destroyed this simple trickle-down theory, as the populist styles of Carnaby Street displaced Paris haute couture.

    Fashion as Art


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