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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
By the late 1980s, Pakistan was nuclear, and technology and expertise from its clandestine program was passed on to others, including Libya, Iran, and North Korea.
Much of Haspel's thirty-year career at CIA was spent in the clandestine service, and remains classified.
The two moved to Vienna several years ago to join the CTBTO’s vigil for clandestine nuclear tests.
In another anecdote conveyed by her supporters, she is said to have been shot at by Iranians while hastily leaving a clandestine meeting in an undisclosed country.
The view offers clandestine surveillance of Commerce Street and the Waters patio.
Following his March 2003 capture in Pakistan, Mohammed was kept in the CIA’s overseas clandestine prison network before being transferred to Guantánamo in 2006.
According to the British tabloids, the queen has a personal iPad and laptop, loves to text, and even has a clandestine Facebook.
Ross’ proposal was detailed by the New York Times on Wednesday in an article based on a tape of the clandestine three-hour meeting of 30 owners, league executives and players at the NFL headquarters in New York.
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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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