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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.]
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]
sur•rep•ti•tious(ˌsɜr əpˈtɪʃ əs)
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]
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|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 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"|
clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hush-hush, undercover, underground, secret, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"