- characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious: Their clandestine meetings went undiscovered for two years.
Origin of clandestine
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Examples from the Web for clandestinely
He had made a miserable, hopeless girl follow him clandestinely to London.Chance
He then reminded her she had sent him clandestinely into Raby Hall to see her picture.Put Yourself in His Place
She desired not to leave him clandestinely again, or to forsake Florence.Romola
I asked Mr. Cridge why they had brought the man to him, and clandestinely, too?Some Reminiscences of old Victoria
Making off suddenly or clandestinely, or "departed this life."The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
- secret and concealed, often for illicit reasons; furtive
Word Origin and History for clandestinely
1560s, from Latin clandestinus "secret, hidden," from clam "secretly," from adverbial derivative of base of celare "to hide" (see cell), perhaps on model of intestinus "internal." Related: Clandestinely. As a noun form, there is awkward clandestinity (clandestineness apparently being a dictionary word).