AskDefine | Define clandestine

Dictionary Definition

clandestine adj : 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: cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner(a), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, on the quiet(p), secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground]

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English

Etymology

From clandestin, derived from Latin clandestīnus "secret, concealed"

Pronunciation

  • /klænˈdɛstɪn/
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Extensive Definition

Clandestine may refer to secrecy or to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

back-door, backstairs, covert, feline, furtive, hidlings, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, privy, quiet, shifty, skulking, slinking, slinky, sly, sneaking, sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious, under-the-counter, under-the-table, undercover, underground, underhand, underhanded, unobtrusive
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