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clan·des·tine

 (klăn-dĕs′tĭn)
adj.
Kept or done in secret, often to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. See Synonyms at secret.

[Latin clandestīnus, probably blend of *clam-de, secretly (from clam; see kel- in Indo-European roots) and intestīnus, internal; see intestine.]

clan·des′tine·ly adv.
clan·des′tine·ness, clan′des·tin′i·ty n.

clandestine

(klænˈdɛstɪn)
adj
secret and concealed, often for illicit reasons; furtive
[C16: from Latin clandestīnus, from clam secretly; related to Latin celāre to hide]
clanˈdestinely adv
clanˈdestineness n

clan•des•tine

(klænˈdɛs tɪn)

adj.
held or done in secrecy or concealment, esp. for purposes of subversion or deception; stealthy or surreptitious: clandestine meetings.
[1560–70; < Latin clandestīnus, derivative of *clande,*clamde, variant of clam secretly]
clan•des′tine•ly, adv.
clan•des′tine•ness, clan`des•tin′i•ty, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.clandestine - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methodsclandestine - conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods; "clandestine intelligence operations"; "cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines"; "hole-and-corner intrigue"; "secret missions"; "a secret agent"; "secret sales of arms"; "surreptitious mobilization of troops"; "an undercover investigation"; "underground resistance"
covert - secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels"

clandestine

adjective secret, private, hidden, underground, concealed, closet, covert, sly, furtive, underhand, surreptitious, stealthy, cloak-and-dagger, under-the-counter They are said to have been holding clandestine meetings for years.

clandestine

adjective
Existing or operating in a way so as to ensure complete concealment and confidentiality:
Informal: hush-hush.
Idiom: under wraps.
Translations
سرّي
tajnýutajovaný
hemmelig
salainen
skriventajan
leynilegur
clandestinus
slaptas
slepens
el altındangizli

clandestine

[klænˈdestɪn] ADJclandestino

clandestine

[klænˈdɛstɪn] adjclandestin(e)clandestine entrant n (= illegal immigrant) → immigré(e) m/f clandestin(e)

clandestine

adjgeheim; meeting, societyGeheim-; rendezvousheimlich

clandestine

[klænˈdɛstɪn] adjclandestino/a

clandestine

(klӕnˈdestin) adjective
secret or hidden.
References in classic literature ?
So, the very next day I exposed my hidden schools, my mines, and my vast system of clandestine factories and workshops to an astonished world.
I am accustomed to set my face against clandestine proceedings of all kinds," said Captain Wragge.
Mills's sanction and concurrence, I besought a clandestine interview in the back kitchen where the Mangle was.
As gentle as e'er a lady in the land," said Tony, turning his large black eye round the room, and letting it dwell a moment on the beautiful face of Julia--her heart throbbed with tumultuous emotion at the first sound of his voice, and she was highly amused at the ingenuity he had displayed, in paying a characteristic compliment to her gentleness, in this clandestine manner--if he preserves his incognito so ingeniously he will never be detected, thought Julia, and all will be well.
After having so nobly disentangled themselves from the shackles of Parental Authority, by a Clandestine Marriage, they were determined never to forfeit the good opinion they had gained in the World, in so doing, by accepting any proposals of reconciliation that might be offered them by their Fathers--to this farther tryal of their noble independance however they never were exposed.
Crawford who, as the clandestine, insidious, treacherous admirer of Maria Bertram, had been her abhorrence, whom she had hated to see or to speak to, in whom she could believe no good quality to exist, and whose power, even of being agreeable, she had barely acknowledged.
Cumnor had a theory that she had been a governess in some family in which the poet visited and that, in consequence of her position, there was from the first something unavowed, or rather something positively clandestine, in their relations.
That opening of the door which I had heard after I had returned to my room might mean that he had gone out to keep some clandestine appointment.
Rushworth was "that kind of woman"; foolish, vain, clandestine by nature, and far more attracted by the secrecy and peril of the affair than by such charms and qualities as he possessed.
Whether the torments of absence were softened by a clandestine correspondence, let us not inquire.
We have a friend--" he began and paused, and then rambled into a not very understandable story about a letter and a doll's house and some unknown man who had bought one of his pictures, or was supposed to have done so, in a curiously clandestine manner.
He had half expected that she would drive up to the side door in a hansom, would wear a thick veil, and adopt the other appurtenances of a clandestine meeting.