se·​cre·​cy | \ˈsē-krə-sē \
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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Synonyms for secrecy


closeness, secretiveness

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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

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These financial details were shrouded in secrecy under the previous president, Abdulla Yameen, who lost September’s elections. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "Maldives’ New Leaders Confront a Chinese-Funded Building Binge," 28 Nov. 2018 Daniels signed the deal, a secrecy agreement facilitated by Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in exchange for $130,000 days before the 2016 election. Adam Edelman And Hallie Jackson /, NBC News, "Giuliani: I don't respect Stormy Daniels as a woman because she's a 'porn star'," 7 June 2018 The 5-0 vote came a week after the council, a business-development group, asked all participants to sign secrecy agreements, according to sources close to the project. Andres Viglucci, miamiherald, "Should secret Amazon bid details be public? Miami commission puts its view on record.," 8 Feb. 2018 One reason may be that the state shrouds some details in secrecy. Dave Kolpack, The Seattle Times, "South Dakota to execute inmate on Monday for guard’s slaying," 26 Oct. 2018 The process of catching cheaters in video games is muddled in secrecy: the more developers say, the better equipped deviants are to cheat more efficiently next time around. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "League of Legends catches cheaters by making bots fight each other," 24 Oct. 2018 In fact, much of This Is Us' third season is still shrouded in secrecy. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'This Is Us' Season 3: What We Know So Far," 14 Aug. 2018 In 2011 President Obama’s trade office, cloaked in secrecy, blocked the appointment of Washington trade lawyer Jennifer Hillman to a second term on the appellate body. Greg Rushford, WSJ, "Trump’s War on the WTO," 4 July 2018 The public has a strong right to know about how they are being taxed by their government as opposed to the government’s fairly meek interest in secrecy. Hal Dardick,, "Appellate court orders Berrios to release assessment information to Tribune," 29 June 2018

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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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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 \

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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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