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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.

Synonyms:

hint, flow, undertide, inkling, suspicion, show, undertow, suggest, implication, tinge, undertone.

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