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sub rosa (adv) – In secret; privately or confidentially.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : The English adverbial phrase sub rosa comes directly from the Latin phrase sub ros? ?under the rose,? from the use of a rose suspended from the ceiling of the council chamber during meetings to symbolize the sworn confidence of the participants. This use of the rose is based on the Greek myth that Aphrodite (Latin Venus) gave a rose to her son Eros (Latin Cupid); Eros then gave the rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence and secrets, to ensure that Aphrodite?s dalliances remained hidden. Sub rosa entered English in the 17th century.

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