- 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 clandestinity
We admit that clandestinity and escapade are sometimes authorized and made right by parental tyranny or domestic serfdom.The Wedding Ring
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- secret and concealed, often for illicit reasons; furtive
Word Origin and History for clandestinity
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).