Undercurrent vs Tendency - What's the difference?

undercurrent | tendency |


As nouns the difference between undercurrent and tendency

is that undercurrent is a current which flows under the surface while tendency is a likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.

undercurrent

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • a current which flows under the surface
  • (Totten)
  • (figuratively) A tendency of feeling or opinion that is concealed rather than exposed.
  • * George Eliot
  • All the while there was a busy undercurrent in her.
  • :The meeting was pervaded with an undercurrent of dread, as the managers tried not to admit firings were looming.
  • *{{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 9 , author=Jonathan Wilson , title=Europa League: Radamel Falcao's Atl├ętico Madrid rout Athletic Bilbao , work=the Guardian citation , page= , passage=Although the crowd was predominantly red-and-white, there was also a Romanian flavour, which these days in football terms tends to mean there is at least an undercurrent of discontent. }}

    tendency

    English

    Noun

    (tendencies)
  • A likelihood of behaving in a particular way or going in a particular direction; a tending toward.
  • Denim has a tendency to fade.
  • An organised unit or faction within a larger political organisation.
  • a militant tendency

    Derived terms

    * multitendency

    Synonyms

    * inclination * disposition * propensity * penchant * trend