secrecy

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noun se·cre·cy \ˈsē-krə-sē\

Definition of secrecy

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secrecies

  1. 1 :  the condition of being hidden or concealed

  2. 2 :  the habit or practice of keeping secrets or maintaining privacy or concealment

Examples of secrecy in a sentence

  1. <this administration's steadfast adherence to secrecy is beginning to cost it the trust of the voters>

Origin and Etymology of secrecy

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


First Known Use: 1556



SECRECY Defined for English Language Learners

secrecy

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noun se·cre·cy \ˈsē-krə-sē\

Definition of secrecy for English Language Learners

  • : the act of keeping information secret

  • : the quality or state of being hidden or secret


SECRECY Defined for Kids

secrecy

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noun se·cre·cy \ˈsē-krə-sē\

Definition of secrecy for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of keeping things secret <I swore him to secrecy.>

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being secret or hidden <The meetings were held in secrecy.>



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