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Kept secret or done secretively, especially because illicit.‘she deserved better than these clandestine meetings’
secret, covert, furtive, surreptitious, stealthy, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner, hole-in-the-corner, closet, behind-the-scenes, backstairs, back-alley, under-the-table, hugger-mugger, concealed, hidden, privatesly, sneaky, underhandundercover, undergroundblackhush-hushView synonyms
- ‘I agreed to act as though our affair were a secret, a clandestine drama to be hidden from the rest of the world.’
- ‘Some of the longtime members began organizing clandestine meetings to discuss grievances.’
- ‘Now they were ruled by silence, as if on their way to some clandestine meeting of which it was not permitted to speak.’
- ‘Gathering his cast and crew, he plots a clandestine departure.’
- ‘She was a clandestine officer of the CIA and she had worked undercover around the world.’
- ‘The clandestine route the escaped slaves traveled became known as the Underground Railroad.’
- ‘In certain details every clandestine struggle is very much the same.’
- ‘This is particularly true of those involved in clandestine or illegal activities.’
- ‘But the other side of the story is of course, perhaps it is possible they were on some clandestine mission.’
- ‘We watched their clandestine purchasing and procurement network very carefully.’
- ‘Their aid no longer had to be clandestine.’
- ‘We used to hear a lot of rumours about such clandestine transactions.’
- ‘So far, if the clandestine meetings had gotten any easier, it was only marginally.’
- ‘He then returned the plane to its home airport and vanished back into his clandestine world.’
- ‘Olga's clandestine meetings with Nicholai at Michael's home were becoming dangerous.’
- ‘There were clandestine meetings in a shutdown youth centre, and journeys of many miles to seek out particular preachers.’
- ‘Other clandestine links operate, smuggling arms and, according to the police, drugs into Northern Ireland.’
- ‘He switched on later to the lucrative clandestine trade of felling and smuggling of sandalwood trees.’
- ‘Indeed, it does appear to be the case that the clandestine nuclear weapons programme was initiated following that strike.’
- ‘The area is also a haven of illegal immigrants, the majority who are involved in the clandestine activities.’
Mid 16th century: from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus, from clam secretly.
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