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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
For three months, the federal government has been secretly spiriting gay Chechen men from Russia to Canada, under a clandestine program unique in the world.
Manafort was reportedly in clandestine contact with Russian officials while a member of the campaign, and may even have been the subject of a blackmail attempt.
But that memo and many of the 2,800 once-secret documents that were made public harken back to an era of Cold War intrigue and spy-versus-spy contests, when assassinations and clandestine plots were a matter of tradecraft, not John le Carré novels.
Some escaped and formed clandestine communities in the backlands of the rainforest, independent villages known as quilombos.
Another 7,000 people are still listed as missing and their remains are believed to be hidden at clandestine mass burial sites around the country.
The extreme quietness of the Seawolf prompted the Navy to modify the third and last submarine, USS Jimmy Carter, to support clandestine operations.
As such, teams have long pursued more clandestine means of sign-stealing.
SEAL Team 6 is among the military’s most elite commando units responsible for conducting highly sensitive clandestine missions throughout the world, including the 2011 raid into Pakistan that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden.
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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
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