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surreptitious (adj.)

mid-15c., from Latin surrepticius "stolen, furtive, clandestine," from surreptus, past participle of surripere "seize secretly, take away, steal, plagiarize," from assimilated form of sub "from under" (hence, "secretly;" see sub-) + rapere "to snatch" (see rapid). Related: Surreptitiously.

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Definitions of surreptitious from WordNet

surreptitious (adj.)
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed;
a surreptitious glance at his watch
Synonyms: furtive / sneak / sneaky / stealthy
surreptitious (adj.)
conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods;
surreptitious mobilization of troops
Synonyms: clandestine / cloak-and-dagger / hole-and-corner / hugger-mugger / hush-hush / secret / undercover / underground
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