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adjective & adverbformal
Happening or done in secret:[as adverb] ‘the committee operates sub rosa’[as adjective] ‘sub rosa inspections’
in secret, secretly, in private, privately, in confidence, confidentially, behind closed doors, surreptitiously, discreetly, furtively, clandestinely, on the quiet, on the sly, unofficially, off the record, between ourselvesin cameraà huis closin pettoon the q.t., between you, me, and the bedpost, and the gatepostunder the roseView synonyms
- ‘Sub Rosa is a Latin term meaning secrecy, literally translating to ‘under the rose’. The rose in ancient times was a symbol of sworn confidence of participants at a meeting.’
Latin, literally under the rose, as an emblem of secrecy.
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