Word of the day

May 22, 2008

Merriam-Webster’s
Word of the Day

May 22

subreption

\sub-REP-shun\  

noun

Meaning

     : a deliberate misrepresentation; also : an inference drawn from it

Example Sentence

     Shareholders have filed a class action lawsuit against the company for its subreption of earnings and losses

Did you know?

     In canon law and Scots law, subreption is the obtainment of a dispensation or gift by concealment of the truth, whereas obreption is the obtainment of a dispensation or gift by fraud. Both terms are from Latin nouns: respectively, “subreptio,” meaning “the act of stealing,” and “obreptio,” meaning “the act of stealing upon.” The derivation of “subreption” also traces to the Latin verb “surripere,” meaning “to take away secretly,” which is the base of the Anglicized term “surreptitious,” a synonym of “stealthy.” “Obreption” shares an ancestor with the word “reptile”: Latin “repere,” meaning “to creep.”

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