subtext (plural subtexts)
- (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:
- While his major plays appear on the surface to have little plot, their subtext is full of overheated romance and melodrama.
- → Hebrew: סאבטקסט (sábtekst)
implicit meaning of a text