secret society

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Definition of secret society

: any of various oath-bound societies often devoted to brotherhood, moral discipline, and mutual assistance

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Though Belhumeur reveals that the project was inspired by the idea of people coming from a party, through Batmanglij’s lens, the characters seem more like members of a secret society than club kids in search of release. Vogue, "If You Loved The OA, You'll Love Vince's New Film for Spring ’19," 5 Feb. 2019 Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have accused Raniere of forming a barbaric secret society within NXIVM, a group that over the years has attracted a following of minor celebrities and wealthy people. NBC News, "NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's lawyers call Justice Department 'morality police'," 6 June 2018 The renewal announcement came in the form of a social asset from the show's narrator Giancarlo Esposito, who was also revealed to be an important member of the Order of X, the university's secret society, in the second season finale. Danielle Turchiano, chicagotribune.com, "'Dear White People' renewed for Season 3 at Netflix," 22 June 2018 In order to learn more about this secret society, to even get the pitch, invitees had to turn over something valuable. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 North Korea alleges that Otto Warmbier met last year with a member of Z Society, which was founded in 1892 and is the oldest still-secret society at UVA. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "American Student Imprisoned in North Korea Did It All for a Secret Society," 18 Mar. 2016 This innocent dabbling could be why Jenner, Jaden and Willow’s did not respond to Refinery29’s request for comment on the current status of their secret society. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Gaetz argued that maybe there wasn’t an actual secret society — but that maybe the message implied that there was an informal one, somehow. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "The anti-Trump conspiracy theory, neatly outlined by Trump’s number one cable-news defender," 20 Mar. 2018 Skull and Bones—arguably the most famous of Yale’s secret societies—alone counts President William Howard Taft, President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush, and former Secretary of State John Kerry among its alumni. Robert Khederian, Curbed, "Tomb raiders: The clubhouses of Yale’s secret societies," 21 June 2018

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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