Undercurrent

Definition of Undercurrent

Un´der`cur`rent
n.1.A current below the surface of water, sometimes flowing in a contrary direction to that on the surface.
2.Hence, figuratively, a tendency of feeling, opinion, or the like, in a direction contrary to what is publicly shown; an unseen influence or tendency; as, a strong undercurrent of sentiment in favor of a prisoner.
All the while there was a busy undercurrent in her.
- G. Eliot.
a.1.Running beneath the surface; hidden.

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