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clandestine

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Etymology

From French clandestin, derived from Latin clandestīnus "secret, concealed"

Pronunciation

Adjective

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  1. Done or kept in secret, sometimes to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
  2. (freemasonry) a person or lodge not recognized as a regular member.

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  • 1793Charlotte Smith, The Old Manor House v 3, ch I
    Monimia, who while she yielded to his earnest entreaties had always felt, from the natural rectitude of her understanding, the impropriety of their clandestine correspondence, would, he feared, be more than ever sensible of her indiscretion, when she found that a servant was entrusted with it...
  • 1818Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey ch 31
    Whether the torments of absence were softened by a clandestine correspondence, let us not inquire. Mr. and Mrs. Morland never did.
  • 1878Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native ch 11
    Wildeve's clandestine plan with her was to take a little gravel in his hand and hold it to the crevice at the top of the window shutter, which was on the outside, so that it should fall with a gentle rustle, resembling that of a mouse, between shutter and glass.
  • 1912G. K. Chesterton, Manalive ch IX
    Lady Bullingdon could not, of course, countenance such an arrangement for a moment, and the two unhappy persons escaped for a clandestine marriage.
  • 1922H. P. Lovecraft, Herbert West: Reanimator
    Bodies were always a nuisance -- even the small guinea-pig bodies from the slight clandestine experiments in West’s room at the boarding-house.
  • 1924Herman Melville, Billy Budd ch 13
    Probably, the Master-at-arms' clandestine persecution of Billy was started to try the temper of the man...
  • 2003Trivium, Ember To Inferno - Track 4: Fugue:
    As I stand at the edge of existence; nameless shores of infinity. Perpetual unbirth unraveling distance, clandestine truths unveiled.
  • 2004Penny Arcade
    In my imagination, all work place encounters between men and women result in clandestine sex.
  • 2005Stewart Lee, 90's Comedian DVD
    And I don't want anyone to think I dislike Catholicism because I don't. It's actually my favourite form of clandestine global evil.

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French

clandestine

  1. Feminine form of clandestin.

Italian

Adjective

clandestine f.

  1. Feminine plural form of clandestino

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