crosscurrent

noun
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 plural political crosscurrents

Examples of crosscurrent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Analysts said the jump has likely been driven by a crosscurrent of factors that have prompted individual traders to pile in. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Exactly how that is distributed is subject to an overlapping crosscurrent of tax policies whose effects vary from place to place. New York Times, 1 May 2021 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, chicagotribune.com, 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, 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, 9 Mar. 2020 Many of these writers, newly adrift in Hollywood’s crosscurrents, turned to their lawyers for help. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, 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, 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, 18 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of crosscurrent

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crosscurrent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crosscurrent. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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crosscurrent

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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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