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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
The clandestine bonuses bestowed by former university president James Ramsey were not a good look, either, for a public institution purportedly pledged to transparency.
Hiring contractors for specific missions — such as protecting U.S. diplomats overseas, training foreign troops, or even working with the CIA on clandestine counterterror operations — is one thing.
Too much exposition in the first two episodes (so many characters!) hinders the story from truly kicking in until a bizarre third installment, when the real clandestine conflicts take shape.
In 2015, one of the bank’s New York employees, Evgeny Buryakov, was arrested and charged with being a spy and gathering information for Russia’s clandestine service, or SVR.
But in the Reagan era, as now, the news was full of undisclosed meetings and clandestine plots to swing elections.
Because of this situation, studies show that hundreds of thousands of women and girls in Brazil risk their health and lives to get clandestine—often unsafe—abortions each year.
Despite those clandestine efforts to pin it on Nutt, the truth eventually came out.
The documents obtained by McClatchy, however, could provide additional evidence that the clandestine FSB has a tight relationship with Kaspersky.
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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."
Synonymsbackstairs, behind-the-scenes, secret, covert, furtive, hole-and-corner, hugger-mugger, hush-hush, private, privy, sneak, sneaking, sneaky, stealth, stealthy, surreptitious, undercover, underground, underhand, underhanded
Antonymsopen, overt, public
Related Wordsback-channel, closed-door, off-the-books, off-the-record; classified, confidential, restricted, top secret, undisclosed; concealed, hidden, secreted, subterranean, unadvertised, unexposed
Near Antonymsacknowledged, avowed; aboveboard, straightforward, unconcealed, undisguised; unclassified, unrestricted; clear, evident, manifest, obvious, patent, plain
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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