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Etymology

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Unadapted borrowing from Latin sub rosā (under the rose, post-Classical). Compare earlier under the rose.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˌsʌb.ˈɹəʊ.zə/
  • Audio (US):(file)

Adverb

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sub rosa

  1. In secret or covertly; privately, confidentially. [from 17th c.]
    They held the meeting sub rosa.

Adjective

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sub rosa

  1. Carried out secretly or confidentially.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:covert

Noun

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sub rosa (uncountable)

  1. (slang, in workers’ compensation cases) Covert surveillance video used to catch workers’ compensation applicants and show that they are in fact not injured.

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