the underlying or implicit meaning, as of a literary work.

1945–50; translation of Russian podtékst; see sub-, text

subtextual, adjective Unabridged
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subtext (ˈsʌbˌtɛkst)
1.  an underlying theme in a piece of writing
2.  a message which is not stated directly but can be inferred

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Word Origin & History

"underlying theme of a work of literature, 1950, from sub- + text. Originally a term in Konstantin Stanislavsky's theory of acting. Earlier it was used in a lit. sense of "text appearing below other text on a page" (1726).
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Example sentences
It is sometimes a virulent subtext, at other times a nuanced dynamic.
If there is a political subtext to these paintings, the viewer has to supply it.
The subtext to the corporate threat is the notion that the public has become
  weary of expensive federal agencies.
The subtext that the single-mind is an illusion, covering something much more
  complex, is fascinating.
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