subtextual

subtext

[suhb-tekst]
noun
the underlying or implicit meaning, as of a literary work.

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

subtextual, adjective
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subtext (ˈsʌbˌtɛkst)
 
n
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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subtext
"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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