Word of the Day for Tuesday, 19 September
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.
Mr. Felt drew on his espionage experience in 1972 when he insisted that the Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward take circuitous routes to their clandestine meetings in an underground parking garage and use elaborate communications signals that were recounted by Mr. Woodward and Carl Bernstein in their book "All the President's Men."
-- David Johnston, "Behind Deep Throat's Clandestine Ways, a Cloak-and-Dagger Past," New York Times, June 4, 2005
Clandestine comes from Latin clandestīnus meaning “secret, hidden” from clam meaning “secretly.” The -stīnus element is probably modeled after intestīnus meaning “internal.” Clandestine entered English in the 1560s.