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subterranean

Line breaks: sub|ter¦ra¦nean
Pronunciation: /ˌsʌbtəˈreɪnɪən
 
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Definition of subterranean in English:

adjective

1Existing, occurring, or done under the earth’s surface: the terrors and hazards of subterranean exploration
More example sentences
  • This three-dimensional complex of surface closed depressions, subterranean conduits, caves, and springs is known as karst terrain.
  • These drainages envelop the ephemeral wet surfaces and subterranean systems that rarely hold a diverse molluscan fauna.
  • Even after all that, there is still a vast reservoir of subterranean water inside the earth.
1.1Secret; concealed: the subterranean world of the behind-the-scenes television power brokers
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  • Expertly juggling pathos and humour, Baumbach has created a queasy tug-of-war between surface civility and subterranean resentment.
  • Credulous undergraduates fall prey to priestly performers who claim to be initiating them into the subterranean mysteries.
  • In other words, this tradition suggests a subterranean relationship between pleasure and austerity.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin subterraneus (from sub- 'below' + terra 'earth') + -an.

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  • terrace from (early 16th century):

    In the early 16th century a terrace was an open gallery, and later it came to mean a platform or balcony in a theatre. A terrace of houses was originally a row built slightly above the level of the road—the first terrace of houses was mentioned in the 1760s, at first in street names like Adelphi Terrace. The source was a medieval French word meaning ‘rubble, platform’, based on Latin terra ‘earth’, the source of many other English words such as terrain (early 18th century), terrestrial (Late Middle English), territory (Late Middle English), and subterranean (early 17th century). A territory was originally the area surrounding a town and was subject to its laws. To say that something goes with the territory is to say that it is an unavoidable result of a situation. Territory here is probably used in the sense ‘the area in which a sales representative or distributor has the right to operate’, which developed in the US in the early 20th century. In Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman ( 1949), the central character Willy Loman tells his son that a salesman has to dream: ‘It comes with the territory.’ See also kop

Derivatives

subterraneous

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Other fossils might have been formed when the ocean floor was raised by ‘subterraneous Fires and Flatuses’ (that is, volcanoes and earthquakes), although Ray thought these were rare events.
  • Suddenly, he is thrust into a world below, an alternate London existing subterraneous beneath the real London, populated by the homeless, bizarre demons and monsters and magic and mystery.
  • The Proteus Sanguihus, a subterraneous animal from a grotto in Australia - with other animals forming connecting links in the great chain of animated nature.

subterraneously

2
adverb
Example sentences
  • They alter human beings and human relationships, subterraneously for the most part, sometimes quite openly and directly.
  • The Queen Victoria Building is connected subterraneously with Pitt Street which is also a great place to do your shopping.
  • Politics and culture juxtapose to unravel a world of tourism and the seething violence and corruption subterraneously and silently hovering in the air.

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