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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
adverb: Secretly, privately, or confidentially.
From Latin sub (under) rosa (rose). Earliest documented use: 1654. The English term "under the rose" is also used to refer to something in secret.
In Roman mythology, Venus's son Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to ensure his silence about Venus's many indiscretions. Thus the flower became a symbol of secrecy. Ceilings of banquet halls were decorated with roses to indicate that what was said sub vino (under the influence of wine) was also sub rosa.
"'Much of this goes on sub rosa and never comes to public view,' said Wesley Wark."
Peter Goodspeed; Vladimir Putin's Support of Spying; National Post (Canada); Jan 23, 2012.
See more usage examples of sub rosa in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. -Voltaire, philosopher (1694-1778)