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[kraws-kur-uh nt, -kuhr-, kros-]
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  1. a current, as in a stream, moving across the main current.
  2. Often crosscurrents. a conflicting tendency or movement.
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Origin of crosscurrent

First recorded in 1590–1600; cross- + current
Related formscross·cur·rent·ed, adjective
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Related Words for crosscurrent

atmosphere, undertow, intimation, hint, undertone, aura, murmur, sense, indication, feeling, tinge, overtone, inclination, crosscurrent, direction, trace, trend, insinuation, propensity, eddy

British Dictionary definitions for crosscurrent


  1. a current in a river or sea flowing across another current
  2. a conflicting tendency moving counter to the usual trend
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