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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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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Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn are definitely a couple (and possibly about to get engaged), but so much of their relationship is shrouded in secrecy. Glamour, "Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 20 Mar. 2019 This degree of secrecy creates significant opportunities for misuse and abuse. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”," 21 Dec. 2018 Their aura of secrecy—mandated by Venetian law, which forbade any exterior sign for Jewish houses of worship—made them seem all the more precious. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 After years of secrecy, Magic Leap unveiled its Magic Leap One Creator Edition — an AR headset designed for developers — last month. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Sennheiser and Magic Leap are partnering to develop spatial audio products," 21 Sep. 2018 In the midst of all the chaos and general sense of secrecy, though, each character has managed to serve us beauty looks that are completely worth copying. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Beauty Moments from "Riverdale"," 1 Sep. 2018 The district attorney’s push to obtain disciplinary reports for officers is the latest front in an effort to break through the wall of secrecy surrounding police discipline in New York City. New York Times, "Manhattan District Attorney Demands Access to Police Records," 8 July 2018 As a result, Thursday’s sentencing took place under a shroud of secrecy — much like the hearing at which Acosta pleaded guilty in 2016. Jeremy Roebuck,, "Ex-State Rep. Leslie Acosta sentenced to 7 months in career-ending case," 28 June 2018 The charge on this complex (system) is delivered to the target, regardless of its secrecy and terrain, both at small and at high altitudes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Kalashnikov Is Getting into the Business of Self-Destructing Drones," 20 Feb. 2019

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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 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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