Definition of undercurrent
1 : a current below the upper currents or surface
2 : a hidden opinion, feeling, or tendency often contrary to the one publicly shown
Examples of undercurrent in a Sentence
You could be pulled under water by the dangerous undercurrents.
Recent Examples of undercurrent from the Web
Deviousness and cruelty have always been an undercurrent of the online shooter.
In fact, one of the unstated but most effective undercurrents in the film is the rapport between blacks and whites that underlies this historic concert.
But the undercurrents of prep extended far beyond the mall stalwart: There were reimagined khaki silhouettes at Creatures of Comfort; sharp, plaid suiting at Rosie Assoulin; cool argyles at Marc Jacobs.
But the juxtaposition of composers told you much about Rautavaara’s creative path, whose undercurrent of aching dissonance tells you spiritual revelation is not necessary pleasurable.
The jarring undercurrent of what The New Yorker’s Emily Nussbaum called ‘go-girl defiance’ seems fundamentally at odds with Atwood’s depiction of near-numb surrender.
By her side trots a slim Australian shepherd, whose eyes take in everything: people and places, to be sure, but also the invisible undercurrents of emotion, particularly of the woman who holds her leash.
A beautiful undercurrent of loneliness permeates the work as all of the characters seem to be grasping at real relationships and failing, either due to circumstance or flaws in their person.
There’s an undercurrent of country-rock and Americana edge to his adult-friendly pop and guitar rock, which is curiously matched with pristine, polished vocals reminiscent of James Blunt.
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First Known Use of undercurrent
UNDERCURRENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of undercurrent for English Language Learners
: a flow of water that moves below the surface of the ocean or a river
: a hidden feeling or tendency that is usually different from the one that is easy to see or understand
UNDERCURRENT Defined for Kids
Definition of undercurrent for Students
1 : a flow of water that moves below the surface
2 : a hidden feeling or tendency often different from the one openly shown She sensed an undercurrent of dissatisfaction.
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