[klandˈɛstɪn], [klandˈɛstɪn], [k_l_a_n_d_ˈɛ_s_t_ɪ_n]

Definitions of clandestine:

  1.   Clamp secret; private.
  2.   Kept secret; concealed.
  3.   Conducted with secrecy; withdrawn from public notice, usually for an evil purpose; kept secret; hidden; private; underhand; as, a clandestine marriage.
  4.   Clandestinely.
  5.   Secret; concealed.
  6.   Secret; hidden; private- applied to wrong actions.
  7.   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"
  8.   Concealed or hidden: private: unlawful: sly.
  9.   Hidden; secret; concealed; underhand; implying evil intent.

Antonyms for clandestine:

clear, straightforward, patent, avowed, manifest, overt, unrestricted, unconcealed, unclassified, evident, acknowledged, obvious, public, plain, open, aboveboard, undisguised.

Quotes for clandestine:

  1. Racism is a much more clandestine much more hidden kind of phenomenon, but at the same time it's perhaps far more terrible than it's ever been. – Angela Davis
  2. The government can still conduct clandestine searches of innocent people's private information such as library, medical, and financial records. This is wrong and should have been addressed in a true compromise. – Jose Serrano

Usage examples for clandestine:

  1. That opening of the door which I had heard after I had returned to my room might mean that he had gone out to keep some clandestine appointment. ” – The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle
  2. When her respectful and respectable servitor had received his commission and departed, Alida took a seat herself, in the confidence of having deprived the visit of Ludlow of its clandestine character, and at the same time having employed the valet on an errand that would leave her sufficient leisure, to investigate the inexplicable meaning of her companion. ” – The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas by James Fenimore Cooper
  3. It was obvious to Garth that there was some connection between the young man in the limousine and this stunted, clandestine figure who followed his trail with such anxious vigilance. ” – The Gray Mask by Wadsworth Camp
  4. These clandestine meetings were interrupted. ” – Kathay: A Cruise in the China Seas by W. Hastings Macaulay
  5. He still clung to the hope of being able to effect his recapture; and to that end he employed- though in a clandestine manner- all the influence he could bring to his aid. ” – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  6. It was evident that she had believed in a clandestine meeting, prearranged between the lovers at the instigation of Gouache himself, and she had probably supposed this meeting to be only the preliminary to a runaway match. ” – Sant' Ilario by F. Marion Crawford
  7. “ Paul applauded breadth of outlook; nevertheless Flamby doubted if Paul would have approved certain clandestine visits to James's studio. ” – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  8. And yet there was scarce necessity for these clandestine meetings. ” – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  9. The man's name was John Harvey, and Nellie was keeping up a clandestine correspondence with him. ” – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  10. Of all the publishers, clandestine or professed, their negligence and unskilfulness has by the late revisers been sufficiently shewn. ” – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  11. She picks it up piece- meal in surreptitious and clandestine ways, as if it were some horrible mystery which must, from its very nature, be covered up from the light of day. ” – The Education of American Girls by Anna Callender Brackett
  12. He highly approved of what Mr. Pitt had said relative to the language it became us to hold out to foreign powers, in case of a clandestine trade. ” – The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade, by the British Parliament (1839) by Thomas Clarkson
  13. It came to Blaine in a flash; this was a private shaft, used by Ianito in his clandestine visits to the palace of the Zara and for his own use in descending to the sub- surface chamber at the base of the rocket- tube. ” – The Copper-Clad World by Harl Vincent
  14. “ Romeo could not openly woo one who was of the House of Capulet, and Rosaline would not tolerate a clandestine courtship. ” – Shakespeare in the Theatre by William Poel
  15. We have been a clandestine audience, said the doctor, and couldn't help coming to thank you for the treat you have given us. ” – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  16. His manner hinted of secret knowledge- strongly; it gave Lawler an impression of something stealthy, clandestine – The Trail Horde by Charles Alden Seltzer
  17. And, from these innocent, little inns, they retire early- especially in these bad, rainy nights- the darkness of which is so peculiarly propitious to smuggling, every one here having to do some clandestine thing on the Spanish side. ” – Ramuntcho by Pierre Loti
  18. “ I have thought it necessary, and absolutely necessary it is, to state what the consequence of this clandestine mode of supplying the Company's exigencies was. ” – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. X. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  19. “ I know Mrs. Forrester too well to imagine that she would allow you to carry on such a clandestine correspondence as this." ” – The Head Girl at the Gables by Angela Brazil

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