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subtext

[ suhb-tekst ]
/ ˈsʌbˌtɛkst /
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noun

the underlying or implicit meaning, as of a literary work.

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Origin of subtext

1945–50; translation of Russian podtékst;see sub-, text

OTHER WORDS FROM subtext

sub·tex·tu·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for subtext

subtext
/ (ˈsʌbˌtɛkst) /

noun

an underlying theme in a piece of writing
a message which is not stated directly but can be inferred
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