Translation of undercurrent in Spanish:


trasfondo, n.

Pronunciation /ˈəndərˌkərənt//ˈʌndəkʌr(ə)nt/


  • 1

    (of discontent, unrest)
    trasfondo masculine
    corriente subyacente feminine
    there was an undercurrent of resentment in her words había un trasfondo de resentimiento en lo que dijo
    • I have no idea, having not really watched it, but there seemed a real undercurrent of anger going down.
    • The buoyant mood of his audience was certainly out of kilter with the deep undercurrent of frustration evident elsewhere in Bournemouth this week.
    • An obsession with hair is a peculiar undercurrent throughout films of this genre.
    • When the couples meet for dinner, undercurrents immediately start rippling through the group.
    • Under its smooth surface lies the seething undercurrent of teenage insecurity.
    • The artists' chain of contrasting attitudes reveals debates within society, undercurrents of unrest and anxieties about city life.
    • Nonetheless, an undercurrent of anxiety ran through the newsroom.
    • It's really emotionally-charged, powerful stuff and lots of seething undercurrents come bubbling to the surface.
    • Nonetheless, although full-scale popular uprisings ended under Louis XIV, there were important undercurrents of popular protest throughout the eighteenth century.
    • The interaction between doctor and patient is full of emotional undercurrents, including hope, trust, belief, and confidence.
    • After all, anyone can relate to those moments when the calm is broken by the undercurrents of anguish, disappointment and resentment that run through every family.
    • But I think he excels at understanding the undercurrents that should end up on the screen, but doesn't know how to achieve them.
    • We cannot, must not, live our lives expecting the worst, but neither can we ignore the undercurrent of anxiety flowing through the capital.
    • The story is a simple one, but a darker undercurrent runs through it.
    • There was an undercurrent of anger and jealousy that wouldn't let me admit that I'd done wrong.
    • Collectively, the soldiers let out a singular cry of anger, with undercurrents of anguish.
    • As Stephen becomes reluctantly drawn into the lives of his rural neighbours, he becomes a witness to the undercurrents of love, hate and obsession that swirl beneath the superficial tranquillity of the countryside.
    • At first, since we have no background on the situation portrayed here, we can't understand what the emotional undercurrents are.
    • Athletic and unyielding though they might be, the visitors were not always the cause of the match's nasty undercurrents bubbling to the surface.
    • Sabriel felt a strong undercurrent of understanding pass between them, and received the profound impression that she had made a loyal friend for life.
  • 2

    (of water)
    contracorriente feminine
    • Tragically that's when they discover the water is freezing cold, with strong undercurrents.
    • Some people mistakenly call this an undertow, but there's no undercurrent, just an offshore current.
    • The tides and undercurrents are notorious, and even in summer bathing is not recommended.
    • In tidal water the undercurrents may often be going in the opposite direction to the top flow.
    • Also, a word of caution to the inexperienced adventurer: make sure you stay away from white waters because that means there are strong undercurrents.
    • Locals have said that part of the reservoir is deep and has strong undercurrents.
    • Thus an undercurrent, called the Western Boundary Undercurrent, travels along the continental slope and rise.
    • However, waves generated in deep offshore waters that eventually overtop in shallower water and break on the coast, creating a surf-zone with reversing undercurrents, are fundamentally different from the waves in shallow lakes.
    • A Foreign Office spokeswoman said Mr Long drowned after getting into difficulties in the rough water, where there are strong undercurrents.
    • The undercurrent tugged lightly at her, but it was easy to fight.