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[uhn-der-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-] /ˈʌn dərˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-/

Word Origin

a tendency underlying or at variance with the obvious or superficial significance of words, actions, etc.:
Even in his friendliest remarks, one could sense an undercurrent of hostility.
a current, as of air or water, that flows below the upper currents or surface.
a current that is not apparent at the surface or lies beneath another current
an opinion, emotion, etc, lying beneath apparent feeling or meaning


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