surreptitious


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sur·rep·ti·tious

 (sûr′əp-tĭsh′əs)
adj.
Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means. See Synonyms at secret.

[Middle English, from Latin surreptīcius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere, to take away secretly : sub-, secretly; see sub- + rapere, to seize; see rep- in Indo-European roots.]

sur′rep·ti′tious·ly adv.
sur′rep·ti′tious·ness n.

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]
ˌsurrepˈtitiously adv
ˌsurrepˈtitiousness n

sur•rep•ti•tious

(ˌsɜr əpˈtɪʃ əs)

adj.
1. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; clandestine; secret: a surreptitious glance.
2. acting in a stealthy way.
[1400–50; < Latin surreptīcius stolen, clandestine =surrept(us), past participle of surripere to steal (sur- sur-2 + -ripere, comb. form of rapere to seize, rape1) + -īcius -itious]
sur`rep•ti′tious•ly, adv.
sur`rep•ti′tious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.surreptitious - marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"
concealed - hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"
2.surreptitious - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methodssurreptitious - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"

surreptitious

surreptitious

adjective
Trickily secret:
Translations

surreptitious

[ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs] ADJsubrepticio
she took a surreptitious look at her watchmiró furtivamente su reloj

surreptitious

[ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs] adjsubreptice, furtif/ive

surreptitious

adjheimlich; whisper, glance, kiss alsoverstohlen; he made a few surreptitious changeser machte heimlich ein paar Änderungen

surreptitious

[ˌsʌrəpˈtɪʃəs] adjfurtivo/a
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When the sound subsided, the silence through the house was deep, dreary, and oppressive, notwithstanding that the tongues of many of the guests had already been loosened by a surreptitious cup or two of wine or spirits.
It was another of my surreptitious schemes for extinguishing knighthood by making it grotesque and absurd.
If you will throw--" Wilson had thought of the girl in Tom's bedroom, and was going to say, "If you will throw the surreptitious and disreputable part of your business my way, it may amount to something," but thought better of it and said,
The State leaders may even make a merit of their surreptitious invasions of it on the ground of some temporary convenience, exemption, or advantage.
She stole a surreptitious glance at him, but he, too, seemed to have been caught up by Rose's gay, good humor.
At the time he had given surreptitious tugs to the string himself.
had been so obstinately recuperative as to revive in her surreptitious visions of a domiciliary intimacy continued long enough to break down his coldness even against his judgement.
By this simple accident, he reflected, as, helping the good work along with an occasional surreptitious leg-stroke, he was towed shorewards, there had been formed an acquaintanceship, if nothing more, which could not lightly be broken.
cried one of the fellows, while the others edged toward the doorway as though to attempt a surreptitious escape from the presence of the mighty one.
There was to be a certain little wedding in which Raffles and I took a surreptitious interest.
Not even when old Infadoos with a surreptitious motion of the hand pointed out the crowning wonder of poor Good's "beautiful white legs," did they suffer the feeling of intense admiration which evidently mastered their minds to find expression.
With a sidelong glance at the door and a quick surreptitious movement he showed a pornographic picture.