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Meaning of SURREPTITIOUS

Pronunciation:  `surup'tishus

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [adj]  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"
  2. [adj]  marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed; "a furtive manner"; "a lurking prowler"; "a sneak attack"; "stealthy footsteps"; "a surreptitious glance at his watch"; "someone skulking in the shadows"
 

SURREPTITIOUS is a 13 letter word that starts with S.

 

 Synonyms: clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, concealed, covert, furtive, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, lurking, on the quiet(p), secret, skulking, sneak(a), sneaky, stealthy, undercover, underground
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\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
introduced fraudulently; clandestine; stealthy; as, a
surreptitious passage in an old manuscript; a surreptitious
removal of goods. -- {Sur`rep*ti"tious*ly}, adv.

 

 

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