Definitions for undercurrentˈʌn dərˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-
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un•der•cur•rentˈʌn dərˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-(n.)
a hidden tendency or feeling underlying and often at variance with someone's words, actions, etc.
a current, as of air or water, that flows below the upper currents or surface.
Origin of undercurrent:
a subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning
a current below the surface of a fluid
a current which flows under the surface
An emotional presence that is concealed rather than exposed.
a current below the surface of water, sometimes flowing in a contrary direction to that on the surface
hence, figuratively, a tendency of feeling, opinion, or the like, in a direction contrary to what is publicly shown; an unseen influence or tendency; as, a strong undercurrent of sentiment in favor of a prisoner
running beneath the surface; hidden
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