sub·​rep·​tion | \(ˌ)səb-ˈrep-shən \

Definition of subreption 

: a deliberate misrepresentation also : an inference drawn from it

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Other Words from subreption

subreptitious \ˌsəb-​ˌrep-​ˈti-​shəs \ adjective
subreptitiously adverb

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In canon law and Scots law, subreption is the obtainment of a dispensation or gift by concealment of the truth, whereas obreption is the obtainment of a dispensation or gift by fraud. Both terms are from Latin nouns: respectively, subreptio, meaning "the act of stealing," and obreptio, meaning "the act of stealing upon." The derivation of "subreption" also traces to the Latin verb surripere, meaning "to take away secretly," which is the base of the Anglicized term "surreptitious," a synonym of "stealthy." "Obreption" shares an ancestor with the word reptile: Latin repere, meaning "to creep."

First Known Use of subreption

1600, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for subreption

Late Latin subreption-, subreptio, from Latin, act of stealing, from subripere, surripere to take away secretly — more at surreptitious

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