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surreptitious

sur·rep·ti·tious

surreptitious

 
 
pronunciation:
suhr p tI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition: made, performed, or achieved by stealth or in secret.
His wife made surreptitious inquiries at the hotels that he'd stayed in on his last business trip.The thief made a surreptitious entry into the building.
synonyms:
covert, secret, secretive, stealthy
antonyms:
blatant, overt
similar words:
clandestine, cloaked, concealed, furtive, hidden, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, sly, sneaky, undercover, underhand, underhanded
derivations: surreptitiously (adv.), surreptitiousness (n.)
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The word surreptitious contains the following part:
sur- Latin prefix that means under, below
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The prefix "sur- " occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of "sub-" used before roots beginning with "r." See sub-.
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