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undercurrent

noun [C] uk   /ˈʌn.dəˌkʌr.ənt/ us    /-dɚˌkɝː-/
an emotion, belief, or characteristic of a situation that is hidden and usually negative or dangerous but that has some effect: undercurrents of racism/anxiety/violence Beneath the smooth surface of political life, one senses powerful and dangerous undercurrents.
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