secrecy

noun
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

Synonyms

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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Despite the secrecy surrounding their martial status, a wedding ceremony is still planned. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Reportedly Got Matching Tattoos," 2 Jan. 2019 The two dioceses separately have a pending appeal of grand jury rules requiring attorneys for witnesses to keep an oath of secrecy outside of grand jury proceedings. Peter Smith, Philly.com, "Two Pa. dioceses tried to block grand jury probe into clergy sex abuse, documents show," 29 June 2018 Real-estate transactions are generally public after they are completed, but there are ways that buyers can introduce secrecy to avoid detection. Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ, "Real-Estate Deals Targeted Again in Renewed Russia Sanctions Bill," 15 Feb. 2019 The new details about Trump’s continued secrecy underscore the extent to which little is known about his communications with Putin since becoming president. Greg Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration," 13 Jan. 2019 Their stories converge with that of 17-year-old Jordan McBride, whose pretty new stepmother has a past shrouded in secrecy. Angela Haupt, The Seattle Times, "The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018," 7 Jan. 2019 Due to this secrecy, lawmakers have a hard time adequately vetting how these tools work. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "ACLU to feds: Your “hacking presents a unique threat to individual privacy”," 21 Dec. 2018 And competition was fierce, despite all the secrecy. Lilli Millhiser, Glamour, "Everyone Is Going to Be Talking About Fantastic Beasts Actress Claudia Kim," 14 Nov. 2018 But many victims have said that the symbolic value of bringing a phenomenon defined by silence, shame, and secrecy into the public record is necessary. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Even more states have launched investigations into clerical abuse since the Pennsylvania report," 24 Oct. 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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secrecy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of secrecy

: the act of keeping information secret
: the quality or state of being hidden or secret

secrecy

noun
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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