1An underlying feeling or influence, especially one that is contrary to the prevailing atmosphere and is not expressed openly: racial undercurrents
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- 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.
2A current of water below the surface and moving in a different direction from any surface current.
- 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.
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