subtext

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sub- +‎ text

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subtext (plural subtexts)

  1. (authorship) The implicit meaning of a text, often a literary one, or a speech or dialogue.
    • 2011, Patrick Spedding; James Lambert, “Fanny Hill, Lord Fanny, and the Myth of Metonymy”, in Studies in Philology, volume 108, number 1, page 113:
      The word dick has meant penis since the 1890s, but Chester Gould’s private detective “Dick Tracy” has no puerile subtext related to this word.
    • 2012 July 27, Jason Zinoman, “Chekhov's Banana Peel”, in Slate[1]:
      While his major plays appear on the surface to have little plot, their subtext is full of overheated romance and melodrama.

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  • Hebrew: סאבטקסט(sábtekst)

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