Definition of surreptitious in English:

surreptitious

Syllabification: sur·rep·ti·tious
Pronunciation: /ˌsərəpˈtiSHəs
 
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adjective

Derivatives

surreptitiously

adverb
More example sentences
  • The first mile was flat and we would all surreptitiously try to position ourselves for the hills.
  • It was there that I was able to surreptitiously cross-examine these men.
  • These are some of the same people who surreptitiously smeared John McCain in the last election.

surreptitiousness

noun
More example sentences
  • If you ask me, a little more surreptitiousness might have worked.
  • Our list of options is limited - we'll have to stop them with quickness, surreptitiousness and efficiency.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'obtained by suppression of the truth'): from Latin surreptitius (from the verb surripere, from sub- 'secretly' + rapere 'seize') + -ous.

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