secret society


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web By Night follows a secret society of monster hunters who dedicate their lives to stopping the creatures that go bump in the night. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 7 Oct. 2022 The group has also created their own secret society (hence the title), meeting late at night to swap macabre stories tinged with the supernatural, and making a pact for those who die first to try contacting the others from the beyond. Brian Lowry, CNN, 7 Oct. 2022 In the latest Doctor Strange installment, the titular character meets The Illuminati, a secret society of superheroes working together in one of the multiverse's universes. CNN, 7 Oct. 2022 This exciting Halloween adventure sees an unwitting babysitter — Tamara Smart — recruited to a secret society of monster-fighting teens. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2022 The star showed Joshua Jackson's character the ropes of a secret society steeped in privilege and prestige with his turn as collegiate Caleb Mandrake. People Staff, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2022 In the interregnum between Election Day and Inauguration Day, Hitchens convenes a band of like-minded men into a secret society, complete with code names, dedicated to throwing sand in the gears of the incoming administration. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2022 The Machine is a not-so-secret society at the University of Alabama that has been known to elect Greek representatives to run for student government. al, 3 Aug. 2022 An investigation into the Bat's last mission leads the heroes down a mysterious path to uncovering the Court of Owls, an elusive secret society that has been pulling strings in Gotham City from the shadows for decades. Nick Romano,, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1821, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of secret society was in 1821

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“Secret society.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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