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surreptitious

[sur-uh p-tish-uh s] /ˌsɜr əpˈtɪʃ əs/
adjective
1.
obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine:
a surreptitious glance.
2.
acting in a stealthy way.
3.
obtained by subreption; subreptitious.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin surreptīcius stolen, clandestine, equivalent to surrept(us), past participle of surripere to steal, (sur- sur-2 + rep-, combining form of rapere to snatch, rape1 + -tus past participle suffix) + -īcius -itious
Related forms
surreptitiously, adverb
surreptitiousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for surreptitious

surreptitious

/ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
2.
operating by stealth
3.
characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth
Derived Forms
surreptitiously, adverb
surreptitiousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin surreptīcius furtive, from surripere to steal, from sub- secretly + rapere to snatch
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Word Origin and History for surreptitious
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin surrepticius "stolen, furtive, clandestine," from surreptus, past participle of surripere "seize secretly," from sub "from under" (hence, "secretly") + rapere "to snatch" (see rapid). Related: Surreptitiously.

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