Clandestine Clan*des"tine, a. [L. clandestinus, fr. clam secretly; akin to celare, E. conceal: cf. F. clandestin.] Conducted with secrecy; withdrawn from public notice, usually for an evil purpose; kept secret; hidden; private; underhand; as, a clandestine marriage. --Locke.

Syn: Hidden; secret; private; concealed; underhand; sly; stealthy; surreptitious; furtive; fraudulent. -- {Clan*des"tine*ly}, adv. -- {Clan*des"tine*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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