Examples from the Web for undercurrent
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 uproar shed light on the undercurrent of suspicion and distrust between the Obama and Clinton camps.
The administration appears united behind Obama, but with an undercurrent of ambivalence that the president no doubt shares.How the Obama Administration Reversed Course on Syria Strikes|Eleanor Clift, Josh Rogin|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The undercurrent was palpable: It could easily have been us.Russia’s SuperJet Crash in Indonesia Raises Questions of Cause|Elyse Moody|May 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But the joy in the Land of Smiles is borne on an undercurrent of unease that could explode into bloody confrontation.
Then, from an undercurrent of exhilaration, it occurred to her that she had never laughed so in all these years.Tiverton Tales|Alice Brown
In Paderewski's playing as in his composition there is always an undercurrent deeply sad and weird.Winning a Cause|John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
Yet all the time he was conscious of an undercurrent of disconcerting thoughts.The Hillman|E. Phillips Oppenheim
But there was within him an undercurrent of irritability, and at times he was moody and fretful.The Lost Wagon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
As against all this, there is an undercurrent of depreciation of his stepdaughter among Borrow's biographers.George Borrow and His Circle|Clement King Shorter
British Dictionary definitions for undercurrent
Word Origin and History for undercurrent
1660s, "stream of water or air flowing beneath the surface or beneath another current," a hybrid formed from under + current (n.). The figurative sense of "suppressed or underlying character" is attested from 1817.