undercurrent

Part of speech: noun

A current, as of water, below the surface; a hidden tendency.

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Usage examples "undercurrent":

  1. There was an undercurrent of nervousness, discernible only to her eyes. - "Love and Lucy", Maurice Henry Hewlett.
  2. Look below the surface and you will find, in all of them, an undercurrent of keen spirituality- a nucleus of half a dozen widely read and thoughtful men, who foster the best traditions of the mind. - "Old Calabria", Norman Douglas.
  3. The first evening there was an undercurrent of excitement in the air; there were to be cutlets for dinner. - "By Desert Ways to Baghdad", Louisa Jebb.