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sub ro·sa

In secret; privately or confidentially: held the meeting sub rosa.

[Latin sub rosā, under the rose (from the practice of hanging a rose over a meeting as a symbol of confidentiality) : sub, under + rosā, ablative of rosa, rose.]

sub-ro′sa (səb-rō′zə) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sub-rosa - designed and carried out secretly or confidentiallysub-rosa - designed and carried out secretly or confidentially; "a sub-rosa report"; "has their under-the-table backing"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"
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The new collection is inspired by the ancient Italian tradition of sub-Rosa signifying secrecy, where roses were painted on the ceilings of banquet rooms as a reminder that words spoken should remain confidential.
If there's truth to this, how could the carinderia's customers not detect the difference, enabling the scam artists to get away with their sub-rosa ruse?
Yet in its slick cinematic spookiness--and its vaguely cloak-and-dagger rollout and subsequent scrubbing from most of the websites that had featured it in the weeks before the opening, including Metro Pictures's own--the trailer also points toward one of the more ticklish issues that has always attended Paglen's project: the slippery slope between a controlled deployment of certain sub-rosa tropes for artistic effect and an overreliance on a theatricalization of the "covert" that the project as a whole would seem to critique.

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