Definition of Secrecy

1. Noun. The trait of keeping things secret.

Exact synonyms: Secretiveness, Silence
Generic synonyms: Uncommunicativeness
Specialized synonyms: Mum
Derivative terms: Secretive, Silence

2. Noun. The condition of being concealed or hidden.
Exact synonyms: Concealment, Privacy, Privateness
Generic synonyms: Isolation
Specialized synonyms: Covertness, Hiddenness, Bosom, Confidentiality, Hiding
Derivative terms: Conceal, Private, Private

Definition of Secrecy

1. n. The state or quality of being hidden; as, his movements were detected in spite of their secrecy.

Definition of Secrecy

1. Noun. Concealment; the condition of being secret or hidden ¹

2. Noun. The habit of keeping secrets. ¹

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Definition of Secrecy

1. the condition of being secret [n -CIES]

Medical Definition of Secrecy

1. 1. The state or quality of being hidden; as, his movements were detected in spite of their secrecy. "The Lady Anne, Whom the king hath in secrecy long married." (Shak) 2. That which is concealed; a secret. 3. Seclusion; privacy; retirement. "The pensive secrecy of desert cell." 4. The quality of being secretive; fidelity to a secret; forbearance of disclosure or discovery. "It is not with public as with private prayer; in this, rather secrecy is commanded than outward show." (Hooker) Origin: From Secret. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Secrecy

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Literary usage of Secrecy

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1. The Yale Literary Magazine by Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg, Yale University (1860)
"Such hidden forces as the power of secrecy, which has been felt in every stage ... secrecy held the purse and guided the pen and wielded the sword through ..."

2. English Constitutional History from the Teutonic Conquest to the Present Time by Thomas Pitt Taswell-Langmead, Philip Arthur Ashworth (1905)
"The original motive for secrecy of debate was the anxiety of the members to protect themselves against the action of the sovereign, but it was soon found ..."

3. Heresies of Sea Power by Frederick Thomas Jane (1906)
"secrecy, though the fact is generally unperceived, is on the same plane as ' evasion,' and may indeed be termed the mother of evasion. ..."

4. A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by Henry Charles Lea (1887)
"Even the secrecy of the confessional was not respected in the frenzied effort to obtain all possible information against heretics. All priests were enjoined ..."

5. A History of the United States, from the Discovery of the American Continent by George Bancroft (1858)
"In secrecy he was unsurpassed; but his secrecy had the character of prudent reserve, not of cunning or concealment. His understanding was lucid, ..."

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