secret society


Definition of secret society

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

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Federal prosecutors 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. Washington Post, "Judge denies bail for NXIVM founder," 12 June 2018 Pixar made its name by taking wild scenarios that could only happen in animation — toys wake up, bugs have a secret society, there are monsters in the closet, etc. — and grounding them in old-fashioned, classic Hollywood storytelling. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 The episode’s last scene went like this: A secret society of apocalypse harbingers called the Circle of the Black Thorne opens the gateways to hell right into the streets of Los Angeles. Ruth Kinane,, "Reunited Angel cast and creators discuss shocking 'cliffhanger' series finale," 21 June 2019 Did a secret society bring about the French Revolution? Robert Darnton, The New York Review of Books, "David A. Bell," 17 Jan. 2019 All of Yale’s secret societies revolve around individual presentations., "How Real Ivy League Secret Societies Compare To The Ones In Dear White People," 7 May 2018 Soon, he’s caught up in a larger conspiracy involving a secret society called the Hellfire Club. Alexandra Alter, New York Times, "CNN’s Jake Tapper Has Emerged as a Staunch Defender of Facts in the Trump Era. So Why Is He Writing Fiction?," 19 Apr. 2018 Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, that cute couple from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Thor: Ragnarok), headline this reboot of the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones action comedies about secret agencies regulating a secret society of space aliens. Gary Thompson,, "It’s blockbuster season: Here are the movies you need to see this summer," 5 June 2019 However four years ago, UVA Magazine published a piece giving outsiders insight to the secret societies on campus. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "American Student Imprisoned in North Korea Did It All for a Secret Society," 18 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of secret society

1821, in the meaning defined above

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