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undercurrentnoun [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 ​smoothsurface of ​politicallife, there are ​powerful and ​dangerous undercurrents.
(Definition of undercurrent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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undercurrentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈʌn·dərˌkɜr·ənt, -ˌkʌr·ənt/
a ​hiddenemotion or ​belief that is usually ​negative or ​harmful and has an ​indirecteffect: There is an undercurrent of ​suspicion and ​evenhostility in the ​military for ​their new commander-in-chief.
(Definition of undercurrent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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