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(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 hidden emotion or belief that is usually negative or harmful and has an indirect effect:

There is an undercurrent of suspicion and even hostility in the military for their new commander-in-chief.

(Definition of “undercurrent” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)