crosscurrent - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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/ˈkrɒsˌkʌrənt/
singularcrosscurrent
pluralcrosscurrents
  1. 1
    a current that flows across the main current in a river or sea
  2. 2
    something such as a belief, method, or tradition that is different from what is usual or generally accepted