- Done or kept in secret, sometimes to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
1793, Charlotte Smith, chapter 1, in The Old Manor House, volume 3:
- Monimia, who while she yielded to his earnest entreaties had always felt, from the natural rectitude of her understanding, the impropriety of their clandestine correspondence, would, he feared, be more than ever sensible of her indiscretion, when she found that a servant was entrusted with it...
1878, Thomas Hardy, chapter 11, in The Return of the Native:
- Wildeve's clandestine plan with her was to take a little gravel in his hand and hold it to the crevice at the top of the window shutter, which was on the outside, so that it should fall with a gentle rustle, resembling that of a mouse, between shutter and glass.
- 2004 — Penny Arcade
- In my imagination, all work place encounters between men and women result in clandestine sex.
- 2005 — Stewart Lee, 90's Comedian DVD
- And I don't want anyone to think I dislike Catholicism because I don't. It's actually my favourite form of clandestine global evil.
- (freemasonry, of a person or lodge) Not recognized as a regular member.
- (done in secret): covert, furtive, hush-hush, secret, secretive, undercover
- See also Thesaurus:covert
done or kept in secret