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[suhb-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-] /ˈsʌbˌkɜr ənt, -ˌkʌr-/
a not clearly revealed or formulated direction of thought, intention, action, etc., underlying what is manifested:
His words, though ostensibly friendly, betrayed a subcurrent of hostility.
Origin of subcurrent
First recorded in 1900-05; sub- + current Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The old myth of age to youth and the subcurrent of sin with its stalking, laughing, subtle Mephistopheles.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • There was a subcurrent of excitement in her voice, and the night seemed to grow more still as she went on speaking.

    Sunlight Patch

    Credo Fitch Harris
  • She talked volubly, and with just that pitch in her voice that betrays a subcurrent of excitement.

    Gordon Keith

    Thomas Nelson Page

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