Recent Examples of subtext from the Web
Animal house Alcohol provided a strong subtext for Thursday's event, and Matis said Jagermeister shots before 9 a.m. weren't uncommon in the old days of Q95.
But the clear subtext of Booker's visit was the 2020 presidential election.
Even without that subtext, too, the fact of being nosey-parkered over and over and over and over and over on the same topic is a provocation unto itself.
Don’t overthink the psychological subtext of the teardown. 68.
This often involves analyzing the subtext of why someone may have asked a particular question in the first place.
So the subtext to that series might be vitilla vs. vitilla.
On its face, that's not great news, but the subtext of it is pretty remarkable.
The season’s finale is a culmination not only of a wondrous season of performances, but of their subtext.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'subtext.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Did You Know?
A literary text often has more than one meaning: the literal meaning of the words on the page, and their hidden meaning, what exists "between the lines"—the subtext. Arthur Miller's play The Crucible, for example, is about the Salem witchcraft trials of the 17th century, but its subtext is the comparison of those trials with the "witch hunts" of the 1950s, when many people were unfairly accused of being communists. Even a social conversation between a man and a woman may have a subtext, but you may have to listen very closely to figure out what it is. Don't confuse subtext with subplot, a less important plot that moves along in parallel with the main plot.
First Known Use of subtext
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up subtext? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).