Examples of surreptitious in a Sentence
The letter didn't offer up the jewels, only shadowy suggestions about their disappearance, claiming that [heiress, Carolyn] Skelly, in a surreptitious trading of parcels with “a man in an ankle-length tweed overcoat,” had left a bag full of jewelry on the floor at J.F.K. —Mark Seal, Vanity Fair, December 2001
In the early evening as we gathered in the lobby beneath mounted elk heads and bear skins, the lights of the chandelier flickered mysteriously. But the teacher and I both spied the surreptitious action of the desk clerk, whose sheepish smile acknowledged that one brief hotel mystery had been solved. Other signs of pranking there included a “ghost” photo (displayed in a lobby album) that the clerk confided to me was staged, and some pennies, placed on the back of a men's room toilet, that from time to time would secretly become rearranged to form messages—like the word “why?” that I encountered. —Joe Nickell, Skeptical Inquirer, September/October 2000
The next week offered [FBI agent] Wiser the opportunity he had been waiting for. Ames was leaving the country, going to Ankara for a weeklong international conference on drugs. Wiser went to Bryant for permission to run a … surreptitious search of Ames' garbage. But the chief was dead set against it. —Tim Weiner et al., Rolling Stone, 29 June 1995
She had a surreptitious relationship with her employee.
a private investigator adept at taking surreptitious pictures of adulterous couples
Recent Examples of surreptitious from the Web
Given Stanton's high profile as the All-Star Game's hometown hero, his exit from the game was a bit surreptitious.
These denials, Nutt suggests, were part of a surreptitious strategy on the part of Ole Miss officials to delude and confuse journalists.
For instance, a program that starts encrypting files without showing a progress bar on the screen could be flagged for surreptitious activity, said Fabian Wosar, chief technology officer at the New Zealand security company Emsisoft.
Perlmutter has filed a cross-complaint over the surreptitious collection of his DNA.
But the term usually refers to the act of providing confidential information to the public in a surreptitious way and without official authorization.
The golfing legend made a surreptitious appearance in a Sacramento Superior Court more than 16 years ago that ranks among the oddest bits of history in the old downtown courthouse.
At any rate, there were other, more surreptitious ways to get under a quarterback's skin.
The indictment accuses Dr. Ali Sadeghi, 40, of forcibly raping and of making surreptitious video recordings of a woman between Jan. 18, 2011, and Oct. 17, 2014.
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SURREPTITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surreptitious for English Language Learners
: done in a secret way
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