surreptitiously

surreptitious

[sur-uhp-tish-uhs]
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:
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

surreptitiously, adverb
surreptitiousness, noun
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surreptitious (ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  done, acquired, etc, in secret or by improper means
2.  operating by stealth
3.  characterized by fraud or misrepresentation of the truth
 
[C15: from Latin surreptīcius furtive, from surripere to steal, from sub- secretly + rapere to snatch]
 
surrep'titiously
 
adv
 
surrep'titiousness
 
n

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