clandestinity

clandestine

[klan-des-tin]
adjective
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:
1560–70; < Latin clandestīnus, equivalent to *clande, *clamde, variant of clam secretly (with -de adv. particle) + -stīnus, probably after intestīnus internal; see intestine

clandestinely, adverb
clandestineness, clandestinity, noun
unclandestinely, adverb


hidden, underhand, confidential, illicit.
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clandestine (klænˈdɛstɪn)
 
adj
secret and concealed, often for illicit reasons; furtive
 
[C16: from Latin clandestīnus, from clam secretly; related to Latin celāre to hide]
 
clan'destinely
 
adv
 
clan'destineness
 
n

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clandestine
1566, from L. clandestinus "secret, hidden," from clam "secretly," from base of celare "to hide" (see cell).
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