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Examples of clandestine in a Sentence
The clandestine meetings, the passing back and forth of messages between Lodge and the plotters, the coaxing along of the generals, all had the emotional lift of a strong amphetamine. —Neil Sheehan, A Bright Shining Lie, 1988
The CIA's great innovation has been to concentrate in peacetime on ‘covert action’—that is, the use of clandestine means to challenge policies and regimes in other countries. —Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cycles of American History, 1986
And Pym was in London for a conference—no, he wasn't, he was attending a three-day course on the latest methods of clandestine communication in a beastly little training house off Smith Square. —John le Carré, A Perfect Spy, 1986
I took a clandestine peek at the price tag on the diamond necklace.
Recent Examples of clandestine from the Web
Interrogations were conducted in clandestine prisons around the world that were not in the jurisdiction of U.S. courts or the military justice system.
What began as a single, somewhat clandestine meeting in an Amsterdam hotel room in 1988 has grown to 11 events last year with more planned for 2017.
What began as a single, somewhat clandestine meeting in an Amsterdam hotel room in 1988 has grown to 11 events this year.
The fentanyl that is used is almost always produced by a clandestine lab and is of poor quality.
The Trump inner circle’s clandestine communications with Kislyak before the inauguration have dogged the administration for months.
Away from the clamor of public demonstrations, West Germans and defectors engaged in clandestine efforts to build tunnels and help East Germans escape.
Last week, Ricardo Saud became a household name in Brazil when clandestine video recordings emerged of him delivering briefcases loaded with half a million reals ($152,000) each to representatives of Sen. Aécio Neves and President Michel Temer.
The ability to detect clandestine facilities is essential to enforcing Iran’s compliance with its safeguards obligations.
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Did You Know?
In 1658, the English poet John Milton wrote of "clandestine Hostility cover'd over with the name of Peace." Three and a half centuries later we use clandestine in much the same way. The word is often used as a synonym of secret and covert, and it is commonly applied to actions that involve secrecy maintained for an evil, illicit, or unauthorized purpose. It comes to us by way of Middle French from Latin clandestinus, which is itself from clam, meaning "secretly."
Origin and Etymology of clandestine
Medieval French or Latin; Medieval French clandestin, from Latin clandestinus, from clam secretly; akin to Latin celare to hide — more at hell
First Known Use: circa 1528
Synonym Discussion of clandestine
CLANDESTINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clandestine for English Language Learners
: done in a private place or way : done secretly
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