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
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.
Tensions between Russia and the West have been souring ever since Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and surreptitious support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Cellphones were confiscated to prevent surreptitious recordings from leaking out.
The shift to more secure ATMs is expected to tackle the growing problem known as skimming, by which criminals rig a machine with a surreptitious device that can steal a customer’s card data, often including the personal identification number.
Years of planning for a surreptitious operation that made at least 100 dirty samples disappear, according to the former lab director, and allowed at least 15 Olympic medalists to get away with cheating.
After her interview, Tate took the elevator down to the lobby, where a man pushing a mop did a double take and then snuck a quick, surreptitious picture of her.
Another page of the project's website embeds the audio from five of those surreptitious recordings of New Yorkers' conversations, including the ones described above.
The devices are not phones and therefore don’t have the ability to receive incoming calls, but in this case Rigmaiden asserts that Verizon reconfigured his air card to respond to surreptitious voice calls from a landline controlled by the FBI.
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Origin and Etymology of surreptitious
Middle English, from Latin surrepticius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere to snatch secretly, from sub- + rapere to seize — more at rapid
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of surreptitious
SURREPTITIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of surreptitious for English Language Learners
: done in a secret way
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