element of surprise

Definition of element of surprise

  1. :  the unexpected or surprising character of something The attackers were relying on the element of surprise.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  any of the four substances air, water, fire, and earth formerly believed to compose the physical universe

    :  weather conditions

    :  violent or severe weather

  1. :  an attack made without warning

    :  a taking unawares

    :  something that surprises

  1. :  to attack unexpectedly

    :  to capture by an unexpected attack

    :  to take unawares

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