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Surreptítious. adj. [surreptitius, Latin.] Done by stealth; gotten or produced fraudulently.

Scaliger hath not translated the first; perhaps supposing it surreptitious, or unworthy so great an assertion. Brown.

The Masorites numbered not only the sections and lines, but even the words and letters of the Old Testament, the better to secure it from surreptitious practices. Govern. of the Tongue.

A correct copy of the Dunciad, the many surreptitious ones have rendered necessary. Letter to Publ. of Pope's Dunciad.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Cleland, William (1)

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