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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.


secrecy; the quality of being clandestine
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The habit, practice, or policy of keeping secrets:
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In Singapore, the debate about what it can and should do to stand up for its interests is public; in Qatar and the UAE far more repressive restrictions on freedom of expression stymie debate or drive it into clandestinity.
While his novels of the 1990s speak to le CarreAEs emerging assessment of the Cold WarAEs legacy, including the allure of clandestinity for those running away from their pasts, and othe state of Western society in its moments of premature triumphalism.
1: 7), Vasile Hosu, also consecrated vicar by Hirtca in the summer of 1950; Dumitru Pascal, a Franciscan monk who urged the congregation not to comply with the obligation to move to Orthodoxy; Gavril Stan, priest, professor at the Theological Academy in Oradea, rector between 1939-1945); Elisabeta Salajean, a believer who intermediated the money transfer from the Vatican to the clandestine bishopric of Oradea; Augustin Olah, a priest who initially signed the adherence to Orthodoxy, then he retracted his declaration in front of the clandestine vicar Magyar Augustin; Virgil Maxim, a priest who continued to serve in clandestinity (A.
Another challenge deals with the need to reach maximum visibility for accurate information around safe abortion and women's right to decide over their bodies, and at the same time to make it happen within a context of relative or strong clandestinity.
63) See sources referenced in HERRERIN LOPEZ, Angel: "Anarchist Sociability in Spain in Times of Violence and Clandestinity," Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies, vol XXXVIII, no.
Clandestinity, taxation and tolerance: Opium in the official discourse, Mexicali, Mexico 1915-1916
23) Humble origins are no disqualification from the thrill of clandestinity.
If we are allowed to keep on participating in politics without weapons, we could come out of clandestinity and do politics in an open way, which would open a world of possibilities to us and to the country.
Melley's The Covert Sphere takes a much broader transatlantic approach to the subject of clandestinity than Smith though he covers similar ground, particularly the constant interplay between the myth and reality of espionage and the fiction it has produced over the past six decades.
In his essay, Seaver remarks on the "scandalous" silence surrounding the 150th anniversary of Sade's death in 1964--also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth, to whom he compares Sade--and provocatively challenges readers to read Sade's works: "We boast that we have shrugged off the coils of Victorianism, that the last bastions of censorship are besieged and on the verge of falling, and yet Sade remains condemned to clandestinity.
Some of the issues potentially causing these high levels of clandestinity in bioprospecting for scientific purposes are: