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Word of the Day 10/23/14 Surreptitious

Surreptitious (adjective)
surreptitious [sur-uh p-tish-uh s]


adjective
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.


Origin: 1400-50; late Middle English < Latin surreptīcius stolen, clandestine, equivalent to surrept (us), past participle of surripere to steal, ( sur- sur-2+ rep-, combining form of rapere to snatch, rape1+ -tus past participle suffix) + -īcius -itious

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