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Monday, June 29, 2009

clandestine

\klan-DES-tin\ , adjective;
1.
Characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, esp. for purposes of subversion or deception.
Quotes:
One of the many shiny art panels at the back of the room is actually a clandestine two-way mirror (look carefully, the color is slightly different). Back in the day (perhaps now) it allowed managers to survey service and presentation, which are still impeccable.
-- Ike DeLorenzo, Five classics revisited, Boston Globe, 27-May-09
I was commanded by Paramount's publicists -- the Legion of Women With Clipboards -- to come alone to an advance, clandestine screening of "Star Trek" a couple of weeks ago.
-- Hank Stuever, The Trouble With Quibbles, Washington Post, 11-May-09
They can also stealthily enlist a computer into so-called botnets - computers that have been clandestinely networked to perform tasks without the knowledge of their owners and operators.
-- Scott Duke Harris, Internet security problems have an upside for Silicon Valley, Mercury News, 11-May-09
Origin:
Clandestine is from Latin clandestīnus, probably a blend of clam-de, secretly and intestīnus, internal.
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