Definition of undercurrent noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʌndəkʌrənt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌndərkɜːrənt//
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undercurrent (of something) a feeling, especially a negative one, that is hidden but whose effects are felt synonym undertone I detect an undercurrent of resentment towards the new proposals. Racial hatred has been a powerful undercurrent in the country’s history.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: undercurrent