surreptitious
[ sur-uhp-tish-uhs ]
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Part of Speechadjective
Origin + Etymology
Late Middle Englishfrom Latin surreptitius (from the verb surripere, from sub- ‘secretly’ + rapere ‘seize’) + -ous
Synonyms
  • clandestine
  • covert
  • furtive
  • hush-hush
  • unauthorized
Antonyms
  • forthright
  • honest
  • open
  • public
  • truthful
Definition
kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of
Example
A) In the days of prohibition, speakeasies were surreptitious nightclubs or bars. B) Isla's surreptitious whereabouts made us all wonder what she was up to.
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