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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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My point was not that Israel should not have the bomb but that the sub-rosa American support for it was well-known throughout the Middle East and made mockery of American efforts to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Pakistan and other nations with undeclared nuclear options.
The concerted Philippine response during the Gulf War contrasts with the recent sub-rosa operation ala Mission Impossible attempt.
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.

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