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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SUB ROSA

Believe me, they've done a lot of searching; most of it sub rosa.

Business is transacted on Sabbath eve; but this, of course, sub rosa.

There was the revelation of some that had existed before, sub rosa.

Mr. Roosevelt (this was said sub rosa) had not been too Radical, but too frank.

It was generally known, sub rosa, that Hildreth and I were living together.

The ancients often suspended it above the table at feasts, to signify that what was said sub rosa was not to be repeated.

I was invited on condition that I would not let the student-body know of these sub rosa fiestas.

"Of course Mr. Harley understands that all this is sub rosa," said Mr. Goodnight, looking severely at the correspondent.

He had planned to leave definitely, and find some "sub rosa" way to speak to Rosita.

It was easily contrived to divert, sub rosa, large State receipts to supply the remaining financial needs.

WORD ORIGIN

"privately, secretly," Latin, literally "under the rose," which was regarded as a symbol of secrecy.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SUB ROSA

behind one's back

adverbdeceitfully
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.