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clan·des·tine  audio  (kln-dstn) KEY 

ADJECTIVE:
Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. See Synonyms at secret.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin clandestnus, probably blend of *clam-de, secretly (from clam; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots), and intestnus, internal ; see intestine

OTHER FORMS:
clan·destine·ly(Adverb), clan·destine·ness or clandes·tini·ty(Noun)


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