cross·​cur·​rent | \ ˈkrȯs-ˌkər-ənt How to pronounce crosscurrent (audio) , -ˌkə-rənt \

Definition of crosscurrent

1 : a current running counter to the general forward direction
2 : a conflicting tendency usually used in pluralpolitical crosscurrents

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Recent Examples on the Web The campaign is restructuring its staff in key early voting states as the 78-year-old Sanders faces crosscurrents that weren’t in play four years ago. Will Weissert,, "Bernie Sanders still wants a revolution, but so do many of his Democratic presidential rivals," 19 Sep. 2019 But with so many political crosscurrents buffeting the other five candidates, the attacks flew in all directions, less like a fire hose pointed at one candidate and more like an oscillating sprinkler. Los Angeles Times, "Democratic rivals exchange insults in debate, boosting Bernie Sanders’ prospects," 20 Feb. 2020 Energy markets have been hit by a rare crosscurrent: Demand for oil is withering because of concerns that new coronavirus’s spread will weaken global economic growth. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "How the crash in oil prices is playing out around the world," 9 Mar. 2020 Many of these writers, newly adrift in Hollywood’s crosscurrents, turned to their lawyers for help. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Hollywood’s lawyers play on-call doctors in drama between WGA and agencies," 18 Sep. 2019 Tavares, known as a hard-nosed cost-cutter, will also have to navigate the political crosscurrents in France, Italy and the U.S., where the automakers have deep national roots. Fortune, "PSA and Fiat-Chrysler Finalize Merger, Forging Carmaking Giant to Rival VW," 18 Dec. 2019 Tavares, known as a hard-nosed cost-cutter, will also have to navigate the political crosscurrents in France, Italy and the U.S., where the automakers have deep national roots. Tommaso Ebhardt, Time, "Fiat Chrysler and France's Peugeot Agree to $46 Billion Merger, Creating World's 4th Largest Carmaker," 18 Dec. 2019 The fierce maneuvering in the hours leading up to the votes attested to the complex political crosscurrents of the Brexit debate, more than three years after Britons voted to leave the EU., "LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a damaging setback Tuesday in his quest to take Britain out of the European Union, losing a critical vote in Parliament and raising the prospect he might shelve his withdrawal deal and toss the debate over Brexit to the voters in an election.," 22 Oct. 2019 Consumption patterns are being influenced by crosscurrents of technology, changing tastes, government policy, anemic global growth and low-for-long interest rates. Washington Post, "Why Ordinary Singaporeans Are Spending Faster Than the Rich," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crosscurrent

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crosscurrent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of crosscurrent

: a current of water that flows against or across the main current

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