What does subtext mean?

Definitions for subtextˈsʌbˌtɛkst

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  1. subtext(Noun)

    The implicit meaning of a text, often a literary one, or a speech or dialogue.


  1. Subtext

    Subtext or undertone is content of a book, play, musical work, film, video game, or television series which is not announced explicitly by the characters but is implicit or becomes something understood by the observer of the work as the production unfolds. Subtext can also refer to the thoughts and motives of the characters which are only covered in an aside. Subtext can also be used to imply controversial subjects without specifically alienating people from the fiction, often through use of metaphor. Subtext is content underneath the spoken dialogue. Under dialogue, there can be conflict, anger, competition, pride, showing off, or other implicit ideas and emotions. Subtext is the unspoken thoughts and motives of characters—what they really think and believe. Especially in light of their inherently ambiguous and self-referential character, many authors have explicitly used subtexts in humor. Subtext is also a frequently used method of subtly inserting social or political commentary into fiction. Subtext is often also inserted in narratives where explicit themes are unable to be shown or expressed due to censorship or simply interest in appealing to a general audience. Frequently, these subtexts may be of, but not limited to, a sexual nature or possible references to sexual orientation. Their inclusion is such so that they are easily overlooked by younger viewers but may be caught by more mature viewers. Subtext also serves to add a complexity to a premise that may superficially appeal to younger viewers but may also attract older fans, as is often the case with cartoons, sci-fi and fantasy. It also may serve to aid in suspension of disbelief.


  1. Subtext

    Subtext is a digital reading service that spans the K12 curriculum and makes it easy for classroom groups to collaborate in the pages of any digital book, article or document. By enabling teachers to embed enrichment materials, assignments and quizzes into the text itself, continuous assessment is more transparent and a new level of individualized instruction is made possible. With the CCSS focus on deeper thinking during reading, Subtext helps foster the critical analysis needed to build more independent readers, thinkers and writers. Subtext is available on the iPad today, and expanded web-based access and an Android version will be coming in Fall 2013.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtext in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subtext in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anna Mierzynska:

    This test question has some kind of subtext, not expressed directly -- how many people must die so that anyone could survive, this is question about murdering.

  2. Adam Skelter:

    Power's not a chalice. It's a hammer. And it only does one thing. Power smashes. The subtext of all power is extortion. It's always the threat of force, of imprisonment, the threat of death. Always.”

  3. Judson Mitcham:

    I don't see how anyone could fail to be troubled and moved by the stockade, with its deadlines, escape tunnels and Providence Spring, that subtext of such clean, well-kept grounds is chaos and human limitation, and I can't walk across the stockade field without feeling challenged and defeated by its awful irony. Even the sky looks different from there.

  4. Jennifer Powers:

    I think a lot of people today feel a lot of gratitude toward veterans and at the same time we really want to do everything we can to protect them and this is one of those instances where we’re identifying education and protection gaps that hopefully we will act on, melanoma is on the rise, more people are dying from it, yet is the number one preventable cancer. This [population] could be subtext of that trend.

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