Definition of undercurrent :
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.
3. Running beneath the surface; hidden.
direction (part of speech: noun)
indication (part of speech: noun)
- All that he had said that evening had carried the same perplexing undercurrent of a thing that he could not speak of, and always it seemed to point to the Spanish Woman. - "The Other Side of the Door", Lucia Chamberlain.
- Dylara caught the undercurrent of utter hopelessness in the woman's words, and she felt a sudden rush of sympathy well up within her. - "Warrior of the Dawn", Howard Carleton Browne.
- She began speaking quickly, an undercurrent of suppressed excitement in her tones. - "The Splendid Folly", Margaret Pedler.