element of surprise

Definition of element of surprise

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

Word by Word Definitions

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

  2. : weather conditions

  3. : the state or sphere natural or suited to a person or thing

surprise play
  1. : an attack made without warning

  2. : a taking unawares

  3. : something that surprises

  1. : to attack unexpectedly

  2. : to take unawares

  3. : to detect or elicit by a taking unawares


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