Clandestine

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

Pronunciation: [ klan-des-tin ]


Definition: adjective

characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, especially for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious

Origin: Mid 16th century; Latin


Etymology: from French clandestin or Latin clandestinus, from clam ‘secretly’


Usage:

Synonyms:

  • covert

  • fraudulent

  • furtive

  • hidden

  • hush-hush

  • illicit

  • surreptitious

  • underground

Antonyms:

  • aboveboard

  • authorized

  • public

  • known

  • open

Example: The club's clandestine meetings went on for two years before they got caught.

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