Adjective "undercurrent" definition and examples

(Undercurrent may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈʌndəkʌr(ə)nt/

Definitions and examples

noun

An underlying feeling or influence, especially one that is contrary to the prevailing atmosphere and is not expressed openly.
  1. 'Collectively, the soldiers let out a singular cry of anger, with undercurrents of anguish.'
  2. 'Nonetheless, although full-scale popular uprisings ended under Louis XIV, there were important undercurrents of popular protest throughout the eighteenth century.'
  3. 'We cannot, must not, live our lives expecting the worst, but neither can we ignore the undercurrent of anxiety flowing through the capital.'
  4. 'There was an undercurrent of anger and jealousy that wouldn't let me admit that I'd done wrong.'
  5. 'The story is a simple one, but a darker undercurrent runs through it.'
  6. 'As Stephen becomes reluctantly drawn into the lives of his rural neighbours, he becomes a witness to the undercurrents of love, hate and obsession that swirl beneath the superficial tranquillity of the countryside.'
  7. 'At first, since we have no background on the situation portrayed here, we can't understand what the emotional undercurrents are.'
  8. 'But I think he excels at understanding the undercurrents that should end up on the screen, but doesn't know how to achieve them.'
  9. 'Nonetheless, an undercurrent of anxiety ran through the newsroom.'
  10. 'Under its smooth surface lies the seething undercurrent of teenage insecurity.'
A current of water below the surface and moving in a different direction from any surface current.
  1. 'The tides and undercurrents are notorious, and even in summer bathing is not recommended.'
  2. 'However, waves generated in deep offshore waters that eventually overtop in shallower water and break on the coast, creating a surf-zone with reversing undercurrents, are fundamentally different from the waves in shallow lakes.'
  3. 'Locals have said that part of the reservoir is deep and has strong undercurrents.'
  4. 'Some people mistakenly call this an undertow, but there's no undercurrent, just an offshore current.'
  5. 'Also, a word of caution to the inexperienced adventurer: make sure you stay away from white waters because that means there are strong undercurrents.'

More definitions

1. 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.

2. a current, as of air or water, that flows below the upper currents or surface.

More examples(as adjective)

"outlooks can be undercurrent."

"trends can be undercurrent."

"runnings can be undercurrent."

"firms can be undercurrent."

"feels can be undercurrent."

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