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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While so many free agent deals and meetings have become public knowledge this week, Horford’s plan has remained mostly cloaked in secrecy. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Could the door open for Al Horford to come back to Celtics?," 30 June 2019 Those rules were replaced in August by new classified guidance intended to give the military a freer hand with cyberattacks, but details of the new policy have remained largely shrouded in secrecy. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "U.S. Launched Cyberattacks on Iran," 23 June 2019 So how did Roose eventually crack the code on a practice that is largely shrouded in secrecy? Laney Pope, CNN, "How did the NYT's Kevin Roose crack YouTube's algorithm? By watching a YouTube video," 14 June 2019 Experiments at the two sites are used by both nations to help ensure their nuclear arsenals remain viable but conducted under a blanket of secrecy. Patrick Malone, WIRED, "US to Russia on Nuke Experiments: Do as We Say, Not as We Do," 18 June 2019 But since free communication in Gilead operates under so many levels of secrecy, there are conversations — and systems of resistance — that June hasn’t been privy to until now. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 6 June 2019 The disaster and the government's handling of it — the evacuation order only came 36 hours after the accident — highlighted the shortcomings of the Soviet system with its unaccountable bureaucrats and entrenched culture of secrecy. NBC News, "HBO miniseries success drives Chernobyl tourism boom," 6 June 2019 These sorts of transactions have largely been shrouded in secrecy — until now., "Tesla’s secret source of cash unmasked as GM and Fiat Chrysler," 3 June 2019 These sorts of transactions have largely been shrouded in secrecy — until now. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "GM, Fiat buying up Tesla’s greenhouse gas credits," 3 June 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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