surreptitious

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  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌsɜɹ.əpˈtɪʃ.əs/

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From Latin surrepticius (stolen, furtive, clandestine), from surreptus, past participle of surripere ("seize secretly, steal, pilfer"), from sub- ("under") + rapere ("to snatch").

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surreptitious (comparative more surreptitious, superlative most surreptitious)

  1. Stealthy, furtive, well hidden, covert (especially movements).
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 1, A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      He read the letter aloud. Sophia listened with the studied air of one for whom, even in these days, a title possessed some surreptitious allurement.

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