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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.
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secrecy; the quality of being clandestine
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(Valverde 1999, 309) By reflecting on women's participation in ethical and political practices, Enright engages in a dialogue with Derrida's denunciation of the clandestinity into which women had previously been forced through discursive practices such as the entanglement of genre and gender and the gendering of certain institutions and relations.
Although clandestinity plays an important role in the ways of involving young people and families when a pregnancy happens, how is the possible abortion and its practice in clandestinity discussed?
(7) The play Herejta (Heresy, 1983), by the Mexican playwright Sabina Berman, conveys the clandestinity and fear that Jewish identity provokes in a converso family of the Inquisition era.
driven into clandestinity and which had many reasons for avoiding the prying attentions of authority; a group of which many members sought at various periods to slip away illegally abroad and some to 'pass' and merge into the majority" (10).
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.o If that is so, then Snyder rationalizes his novels after 9/11, especially the three most recent ones, build on The Constant Gardener by dissecting the transnationalization of crime, terrorism, and policing.
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.C.N.S.A.S., Penal fund, dossier P000378, vol.
In our opinion, the 'uncommonness' that is often ascribed to such cases refers to their clandestinity, i.e, to the rareness with which they come to the attention of medical practitioners, sexologists, rather than to the low frequency of AEA [autoerotic asphyxiation] itself.
The "clandestinity" and "non-signifyingness" of femininity "avows a nocturnal life" and cannot be illuminated by the "caress," which can only profane (discover and capture) the female body, which "denudes itself of its very form, offering itself as erotic nudity, [...] quit[ting] the status of an existent" (258).
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. Many interviewees underlined how complex it was to combine their clandestine endeavours and their choice whether or not to remain anonymous.
[...] in view of a rationalized, expansionist, centralized, spectacular, noisy production, a production of a totally different type is presented, described as "consumption," which is characterized by its craftiness, its crumbling in agreement with the occasions, its "piracies," its clandestinity, its tireless murmurs, in short, an almost invisibility because it is barely noted by its own products (where would it have its place?), but by an art of using those that are imposed on it (pp.