clandestine

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Clandestine \Clan*des"tine\, adjective [L. clandestinus, fr. clam secretly; akin to celare, E. conceal: cf. F. clandestin.] Conducted with secrecy; withdrawn from public notice, usually for an evil purpose; kept secret; hidden; private; underhand; as, a clandestine marriage. --Locke.

Syn: Hidden; secret; private; concealed; underhand; sly; stealthy; surreptitious; furtive; fraudulent. -- {Clan*des"tine*ly}, adverb -- {Clan*des"tine*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

clandestine

adjective

1: 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" [syn: {clandestine}, {cloak-and-dagger}, {hole-and- corner(a)}, {hugger-mugger}, {hush-hush}, {secret}, {surreptitious}, {undercover}, {underground}]


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