Definition of undercurrent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈəndərˌkərənt/


1An underlying feeling or influence, especially one that is contrary to the prevailing atmosphere and is not expressed openly: an undercurrent of anger and discontent
More example sentences
  • The buoyant mood of his audience was certainly out of kilter with the deep undercurrent of frustration evident elsewhere in Bournemouth this week.
  • As Stephen becomes reluctantly drawn into the lives of his rural neighbours, he becomes a witness to the undercurrents of love, hate and obsession that swirl beneath the superficial tranquillity of the countryside.
  • The artists' chain of contrasting attitudes reveals debates within society, undercurrents of unrest and anxieties about city life.
undertone, overtone, suggestion, connotation, intimation, hint, nuance, trace, suspicion, whisper, tinge;
feeling, atmosphere, aura, echo
informal vibes
2A current of water below the surface, moving in a different direction from any surface current.
Example sentences
  • In tidal water the undercurrents may often be going in the opposite direction to the top flow.
  • However, waves generated in deep offshore waters that eventually overtop in shallower water and break on the coast, creating a surf-zone with reversing undercurrents, are fundamentally different from the waves in shallow lakes.
  • The tides and undercurrents are notorious, and even in summer bathing is not recommended.
undertow, underflow;

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Syllabification: un·der·cur·rent

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