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subtext

[suhb-tekst] /ˈsʌbˌtɛkst/
noun
1.
the underlying or implicit meaning, as of a literary work.
Origin of subtext
1945-1950
1945-50; translation of Russian podtékst; see sub-, text
Related forms
subtextual, adjective
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subtext

/ˈsʌbˌtɛkst/
noun
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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n.

"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 literally sense of "text appearing below other text on a page" (1726).

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