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clandestine

Line breaks: clan|des¦tine
Pronunciation: /klanˈdɛstɪn
 
, ˈklandɛstɪn
 
/

Definition of clandestine in English:

adjective

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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

clandestinely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • If procedures are outlawed they will almost certainly be available clandestinely to those who can pay.
  • Mandela's autobiography came out originally in 1994, although he started writing it clandestinely in 1974 during his imprisonment.
  • For years she'd been clandestinely dating Jean.

clandestinity

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈtɪnɪti/
noun
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.

Words that rhyme with clandestine

destine, intestine

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