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Definition 1: marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where surreptitious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a furtive manner
  • a sneak attack
  • stealthy footsteps
  • a surreptitious glance at his watch

Synonyms for surreptitious in the sense of this definition

(surreptitious is similar to ...) hidden on any grounds for any motive

"a concealed weapon" "a concealed compartment in his briefcase"

Definition 2: conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where surreptitious or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • clandestine intelligence operations
  • cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines
  • hole-and-corner intrigue
  • secret missions
  • a secret agent
  • secret sales of arms
  • surreptitious mobilization of troops
  • an undercover investigation
  • underground resistance

Synonyms for surreptitious in the sense of this definition

(surreptitious is similar to ...) secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed

"covert actions by the CIA" "covert funding for the rebels"

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