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 Each justice has four clerks — and secrecy is part of their job. Chris Megerian, ajc, 3 May 2022 However, grand jury secrecy is binding only on prosecutors, grand jurors and grand jury staff. Elie Honig, CNN, 2 May 2022 SWEET DEAL - Kansas politicians criticized the secrecy of a new law that could give $1 billion in public subsidies to an undisclosed company considering opening a plant in the state. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 3 May 2022 Why all the secrecy behind the event once celebrities leave the Met steps? Jailynn Taylor, Essence, 27 Apr. 2022 The secrecy typically serves two purposes: To keep the stock price from going up, which would make the effort prohibitively expensive, and to keep the company’s board in the dark as long as possible. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Its location has come to symbolize the secrecy and unbridled power of the president. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 The secrecy surrounding serious crimes at Virginia schools risks becoming systematized. Inez Stepman, National Review, 18 Mar. 2022 There may also be concerns over maintaining the secrecy of what is still a highly confidential weapon. David Hambling, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Secrecy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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