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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According to court records, Vanegas and his accuser accepted invitations to what turned out to be an initiation into a secret society called DTX. Josh Verges, Twin Cities, "Carleton College football player expelled for sexual assault after secret society initiation sues college," 26 July 2019 Officials and community members have long expressed concerns over secret societies of inked deputies that date as far back as the 1970s with the Little Devils at the East L.A. station. Maya Lau,, "Deputy gangs have survived decades of lawsuits and probes. Can the FBI stop them?," 14 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of secret society

1821, in the meaning defined above

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