secret society

noun

Definition of secret society

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

Examples of secret society in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dasha Conrad, who immigrated from Kazakhstan to Texas with her mother as a child, had heard about the Illuminati, an 18th-century secret society founded in Bavaria that has been grist for countless conspiracy theories. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "A 26-year-old film editor’s descent into coronavirus vaccine conspiracy theories," 31 Aug. 2020 Today the secret society has around 6m members, most of them in America. The Economist, "Inside the Grand Lodge A global history of the Freemasons," 29 Aug. 2020 At the heart of all three is her elite prep school’s exclusive secret society, which positions its members to not only be the ultimate popular kids but to achieve not-always-honest academic success as well. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "They Wish They Were Us," 30 July 2020 Her search for answers brings her to The Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Fierce and fun Warrior Nun is a perfect Fourth of July binge-watch," 3 July 2020 Not that a seven-year-old boy in Detroit in the 1970s had those words, but loving Duesenbergs felt like knowing the password into a secret society. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Playing with Cars: How Kids Become Adults Obsessed with Machines," 9 Aug. 2020 Her search for answers brings her to The Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Fierce and fun Warrior Nun is a perfect Fourth of July binge-watch," 3 July 2020 The original founders, all of whom were under the age of 25, soon invited four other male painters, sculptors and critics to join their secret society. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Women Behind the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood," 22 Jan. 2020 Her search for answers brings her to The Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Fierce and fun Warrior Nun is a perfect Fourth of July binge-watch," 3 July 2020

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First Known Use of secret society

1821, in the meaning defined above

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“Secret society.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/secret%20society. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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