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clandestine Syllabification: clan·des·tine
Pronunciation: /klanˈdestən/

Definition of clandestine in English:


Kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit: she deserved better than these clandestine meetings
More example sentences
  • I agreed to act as though our affair were a secret, a clandestine drama to be hidden from the rest of the world.
  • Other clandestine links operate, smuggling arms and, according to the police, drugs into Northern Ireland.
  • So far, if the clandestine meetings had gotten any easier, it was only marginally.


Pronunciation: /ˌklandesˈtinitē/
Example sentences
  • Even the most discrete of armadas might alter their plans and give hint to some clandestinity on our part.
  • These leaders have spent all their adult lives in the cocoon of isolation and paranoia that clandestinity generates.
  • ‘My client appreciates clandestinity,’ the dealer said.


Mid 16th century: from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus, from clam 'secretly'.

Words that rhyme with clandestine

destine, intestine
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