I adjective artful, clandestine, clandestinus, concealed, conniving, covert, crafty, cunning, deceitful, deceptive, delitescent, disguised, done by stealth, evasive, faked, fraudulently introduced, furtive, furtivus, guileful, hidden, indirect, insidious, lurking, mysterious, obreptitious, private, secret, secretive, sneaky, stealthy, subdolous, subtle, tricky, uncommunicative, undercover, underground, underhand, undisclosed, unknown, unseen, unspied, unsuspected, veiled, vulpine, wily II index clandestine, collusive, covert, dishonest, disingenuous, evasive, fraudulent, furtive, hidden, insidious, mysterious, privy, secret, sly, stealthy, unobtrusive

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  • Surreptitious — Sur rep*ti tious, a. [L. surreptitius, or subreptitius, fr. surripere, subripere, to snatch away, to withdraw privily; sub under + rapere to snatch. See {Sub }, and {Ravish}.] Done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surreptitious — mid 15c., from L. surrepticius stolen, furtive, clandestine, from surreptus, pp. of surripere seize secretly, from sub from under (hence, secretly ) + rapere to snatch (see RAPID (Cf. rapid)). Related: Surreptitiously …   Etymology dictionary

  • surreptitious — underhand, underhanded, *secret, covert, stealthy, furtive, clandestine Analogous words: sneaking, slinking, skulking, lurking (see LURK): hidden, concealed, screened (see HIDE) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • surreptitious — [adj] sneaky, secret clandestine, covert, fraudulent, furtive, hidden, hole andcorner*, hush hush*, on the QT*, on the sly*, private, skulking, slinking, sly, sneaking, stealthy, sub rosa, unauthorized, undercover, underhand, under the table*,… …   New thesaurus

  • surreptitious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done secretly or furtively. DERIVATIVES surreptitiously adverb. ORIGIN originally in the sense «obtained by suppression of the truth»: from Latin surreptitius obtained secretly …   English terms dictionary

  • surreptitious — [sʉr΄əp tish′əs] adj. [ME surrepticious < L surrepticius < surreptus, pp. of surripere, to take away secretly < sub (see SUB ) + rapere, to seize (see RAPE1)] 1. done, gotten, made, etc. in a secret, stealthy way; clandestine 2. acting… …   English World dictionary

  • surreptitious — [[t]sʌ̱rəptɪ̱ʃəs, AM sɜ͟ːr [/t]] ADJ GRADED A surreptitious action is done secretly. He made a surreptitious entrance to the club through the little door in the brick wall... They had several surreptitious conversations. Syn: furtive Derived… …   English dictionary

  • surreptitious — adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin surrepticius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere to snatch secretly, from sub + rapere to seize more at rapid Date: 15th century 1. done, made, or acquired by stealth ; clandestine 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • surreptitious — surreptitiously, adv. surreptitiousness, n. /serr euhp tish euhs/, adj. 1. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance. 2. acting in a stealthy way. 3. obtained by subreption; subreptitious …   Universalium

  • surreptitious — adj. Surreptitious is used with these nouns: ↑glance …   Collocations dictionary

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