AskDefine | Define undercurrent

Dictionary Definition



1 subdued emotional quality underlying an utterance; implicit meaning [syn: undertone]
2 a current below the surface of a fluid [syn: undertide]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. a current which flows under the surface
  2. An emotional presence that is concealed rather than exposed.
    The meeting was pervaded with an undercurrent of dread, as the managers tried not to admit firings were looming.

Extensive Definition

Undercurrent may refer to:

See also

undercurrent in Japanese: アンダーカレント

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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