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What is an undercurrent?
An undercurrent is a flow of water or air that moves below the highest current or the surface.
Undercurrent is more often used figuratively to mean a tendency underlying or at odds with what’s on the surface, as in While the two candidates smiled and shook hands, everyone in the room could feel the undercurrent of aggression between them.
Example: The undercurrent at the beach today was so strong, I worried it was going to carry me out to sea!
Where does undercurrent come from?
The first records of the term undercurrent come from around 1675. It combines
the prefix under–, used to indicate place or situation below or beneath, and the term current, which describes a flow or stream. In most cases, water and wind currents flow with the warmest on top and coolest on the bottom. Because of this, an undercurrent is usually colder than those above it.
Undercurrents are often talked about in meteorology and oceanography. The undercurrent of a storm may cause a cold front to come in, for example. When used figuratively, an undercurrent refers to a true significance or meaning of words that differ from what they seem to mean. For example, two people could say that they want to be friends while the undercurrent to their words is to make a business deal.
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How is undercurrent used in real life?
Undercurrent is frequently used in its literal sense in discussions about water or weather. It is also often used figuratively, especially when the speaker thinks someone is hiding their true intentions.
I'm hooked on OZARK. There's an undercurrent of black humor running through it that makes it special.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 22, 2017
There's a constant undercurrent of fear that software innovation will eliminate jobs, but so far we have a 30-year industry track record of software being so ill-conceived that it winds up creating two new jobs for each one that it renders redundant.
— Justin Searls (@searls) February 11, 2019
Honestly there are a lot of journalists you can criticize for how they cover tech, but if you're going after @TaylorLorenz you're missing the mark. She's a professional, and great at her job. Really indicative of the undercurrent of misogyny that women face in this industry.
— 𝙅𝘼𝙈𝙀𝙎 𝙈𝘾𝙇𝙀𝙊𝘿 (@jamespmcleod) July 3, 2020
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Did I sense an undercurrent of disdain in his comments about inclusivity in the workplace?
How to use undercurrent in a sentence
Even the most aggressive prosecution of some of the militia groups’ members won’t stamp out the extremist undercurrents which span dozens of loosely organized groups that mainly converge online.The Capitol Attack Was The Most Documented Crime in History. Will That Ensure Justice?|Vera Bergengruen|April 9, 2021|TIme
In the trailer to the new live-action film, de Vil once again embodies this undercurrent of madness.Her crazy driving is a key element of Cruella de Vil’s evil. Here’s why.|Genevieve Carpio|April 2, 2021|Washington Post
An undercurrent running through opposition to his nomination was Becerra’s leadership in recent years of a coalition of Democratic attorneys general fighting to preserve the ACA.Becerra squeaks through confirmation vote to become HHS secretary|Amy Goldstein|March 18, 2021|Washington Post
A good example of that runs as an undercurrent through this article.When diversity came to America’s political leadership|Philip Bump|December 16, 2020|Washington Post
That’s not a small consolation, especially considering there has been an undercurrent of worry here in Florida about whether Brady and Arians are meshing.Tom Brady rallies the Bucs, but Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill show why Chiefs are NFL’s best|Eric Adelson|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
His voice is quiet, melodic, and often tinged with an undercurrent of mirth.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’|Jennie Yabroff|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The religious undercurrent in soccer runs especially deep in World Cup years.Why Americans Should Love the World Cup|Sean Wilsey|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“There is a serious undercurrent here,” said Gardner, between sips from her tumbler.
The uproar shed light on the undercurrent of suspicion and distrust between the Obama and Clinton camps.Is Hillary Ditching Senate Dems?|Eleanor Clift|February 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This may account for the sociological undercurrent of his work.To Dream a Dream: Georges Perec’s Night Visions|Lauren Elkin|December 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
All through the sad duties of the next four days Felipe was conscious of the undercurrent of this premonition.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
"You are singularly concerned in this man's life," said he, an odious undercurrent of meaning in his voice.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
To tell you the truth, I have never put that undercurrent of consciousness into words until to-night.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
He was a fizzle and a stick, he knew it, he knew nothing else, and there is an undercurrent of bitterness in him.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
Jane discovered in Sophy and in Frances an undercurrent of positive affection that set from her child to her.The Creators|May Sinclair