se·​cre·​cy | \ ˈsē-krə-sē How to pronounce secrecy (audio) \
plural secrecies

Definition of secrecy

1 : the condition of being hidden or concealed
2 : the habit or practice of keeping secrets or maintaining privacy or concealment

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Examples of secrecy in a Sentence

this administration's steadfast adherence to secrecy is beginning to cost it the trust of the voters
Recent Examples on the Web At first, my husband felt my feelings were unwarranted, but the secrecy surrounding their friendship has cast a pall on the couples portion of the friendship. Abigail Van Buren, Houston Chronicle, "Women pointedly exclude friend from monthly tea," 15 Feb. 2020 This Week in the CLE: Ohio’s over-the-top secrecy on the China coronavirus, along with how Ohio might deal with an epidemic, make for a lively discussion on the latest episode of This Week in the CLE, the podcast breakdown of the week’s news. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Fifth suspected coronavirus case in Ohio tests negative: The Wake Up for Friday, Feb. 14, 2020," 14 Feb. 2020 The container ship allows for a smaller carbon footprint than air freight, another aspect of the business tracked by Bushman, who is helping to strip the secrecy and shame from the seafood business. Adam Skolnick, Longreads, "The Poke Paradox," 12 Feb. 2020 That airless environment of secrecy and subterfuge is thick with smoke that emanates first from a censer hanging center stage before the play begins and then clogs the sepulchral shafts of John Torres' expressive lighting throughout. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hamlet': Theater Review," 11 Feb. 2020 The artificial secrecy the government imposes on discussing CIA torture also constrains the recovery of torture survivors and their families. Dror Ladin, Time, "There's So Much We Still Don't Know About the CIA's Torture Program. Here's How the Government Is Keeping the Full Story a Secret," 7 Feb. 2020 Many of these secrecy initiatives came from Craig, who picked them up while visiting the sets of the Thai and South Korean versions of the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Going to a 'Masked Singer' Taping Is Like Visiting a Top-Secret CIA Compound," 6 Feb. 2020 The decision to use the app is shrouded in party secrecy. Amrita Khalid, Quartz, "Why apps don’t belong anywhere near elections," 5 Feb. 2020 Suspicions against Chinese officials intensified this week after several news reports from Western publications uncovered secrecy surrounding the early days of the infection. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Lawmakers question China cooperation in coronavirus outbreak," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of secrecy

1556, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for secrecy

alteration of earlier secretie, from Middle English secretee, from secret secret

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The first known use of secrecy was in 1556

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18 Feb 2020

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“Secrecy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of secrecy

: the act of keeping information secret
: the quality or state of being hidden or secret


se·​cre·​cy | \ ˈsē-krə-sē How to pronounce secrecy (audio) \

Kids Definition of secrecy

1 : the act of keeping things secret I swore him to secrecy.
2 : the quality or state of being secret or hidden The meetings were held in secrecy.

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