secret society

noun

Definition of secret society 

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

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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 Mack is accused of recruiting women into DOS, a secret society led by Keith Raniere, a co-founder of a cult-like group known as NXIVM (pronounced nex-ee-um). Jon Campbell, USA TODAY, "Allison Mack, 'Smallville' actress charged in sex cult, looking at plea deal," 23 Apr. 2018 In a heavy blow to the FBI’s (fictional) secret society of cultural Marxists, Andrew McCabe is resigning from his position as the bureau’s deputy director. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Opts For Early Retirement," 29 Jan. 2018 That creepy titular secret society from the 2000 Paul Walker classic The Skulls. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Confirmed: The Supreme Court Is Just Another White Boys’ Club," 10 July 2018 And what's more ominous, there's a shadowy network of secret societies where toxic information is swapped and important deals are cut. The Washington Post, latimes.com, "Jake Tapper's thrilling, uneven McCarthy-era Washington drama, 'The Hellfire Club'," 4 May 2018 The film primarily takes place in the fictional African country of Wakanda, a secret society of advanced technology and peace. Pallavi Kottamasu, BostonGlobe.com, "Were cannibals really so bad?," 2 June 2018

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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