surreptitious

[ sur-uh p-tish-uh s ]SEE DEFINITION OF surreptitious
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Maddalena hid the death-charm once more with a movement that was surreptitious.

But he did not complete his reference to last night's surreptitious conversation.

With his sandalled foot the friar caught the fool a surreptitious kick.

I'm persuaded they're playing some deep and surreptitious game at present.

She was in the lowest of spirits, and blinked away some surreptitious tears.

I looked round, and the Countess blew me a surreptitious kiss.

With a swift, surreptitious motion he straightened his necktie.

Collated with the surreptitious edition The Tragedie of Gorboduc, of 1565.

Was he about to witness the surreptitious departure of the unwelcome guest?

She took a surreptitious glance at the profile of Captain Goritz.

WORD ORIGIN

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

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