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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
But shopping is still largely a clandestine activity, conducted like a solo military raid: Get in, get jeans, get out.
By contrast, Bezos is much quieter and more clandestine.
Later, Feinstein blocked Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA’s clandestine operations.
Finally, allow for the inspection of military sites where the regime conducted clandestine nuclear activities in the past and may be doing so now.
And while steganography has of late been linked to malicious hacks, MuslimCrypt brings the technique back to its clandestine communication roots.
The Trump administration cited the risk of such clandestine activities in its decision Monday to close the Russian Consulate in Seattle.
The race to fill the Hicks void is a clandestine parade of all the worst human impulses.
Another part is that its author was once a CIA clandestine services officer himself: Matthews spent 33 years working for the CIA and was posted in the Southern Mediterranean, Asia and the Caribbean.
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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."
backstairs, behind-the-scenes, covert, furtive, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, private, privy, secret, sneak, sneaking, sneaky, stealth, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover, underground, underhand, underhanded;
Synonym Discussion of clandestine
- met at a secret location
- covert intelligence operations
- the stealthy step of a burglar
- lovers exchanging furtive glances
- a clandestine meeting of conspirators
- the surreptitious stockpiling of weapons
- an underhanded trick
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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