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Latin surreptio, or subreptio. Compare subreption.


surreption (plural surreptions)

  1. The obtaining of something in a surreptitious manner, or by craft or stealth.
    • Ben Jonson
      Fame by surreption got / May stead us for the time, but lasteth not.
  2. An unperceived or sudden arrival.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.