clandestine

[ klan-des-tin ]

Part of Speech

adjective

Definition

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

Origin + Etymology

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

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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