undercurrent


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Undercurrent \Un"der*cur`rent\, n.
   1. A current below the surface of water, sometimes flowing in
      a contrary direction to that on the surface. --Totten.
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   2. Hence, figuratively, a tendency of feeling, opinion, or
      the like, in a direction contrary to what is publicly
      shown; an unseen influence or tendency; as, a strong
      undercurrent of sentiment in favor of a prisoner.
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            All the while there was a busy undercurrent in her.
                                                  --G. Eliot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Undercurrent \Un"der*cur`rent\, a.
   Running beneath the surface; hidden. [R.] "Undercurrent woe."
   --Tennyson.
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