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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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, https://www.inquirer.com, "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 Maybe these texts show there is some kind of secret society of top FBI officials, who meet off the record to, ostensibly, do things that further their anti-Trump bias. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "It's looking more and more like there is a coordinated GOP effort to discredit the Trump-Russia investigation," 25 Jan. 2018 Though Belhumeur reveals that the project was inspired by the idea of people coming from a party, through Batmanglij’s lens, the characters seem more like members of a secret society than club kids in search of release. Vogue, "If You Loved The OA, You'll Love Vince's New Film for Spring ’19," 5 Feb. 2019 Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn 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. NBC News, "NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's lawyers call Justice Department 'morality police'," 6 June 2018 The renewal announcement came in the form of a social asset from the show's narrator Giancarlo Esposito, who was also revealed to be an important member of the Order of X, the university's secret society, in the second season finale. Danielle Turchiano, chicagotribune.com, "'Dear White People' renewed for Season 3 at Netflix," 22 June 2018 In order to learn more about this secret society, to even get the pitch, invitees had to turn over something valuable. Vanessa Grigoriadis, New York Times, "The ‘Sex Cult’ That Preached Empowerment," 30 May 2018 North Korea alleges that Otto Warmbier met last year with a member of Z Society, which was founded in 1892 and is the oldest still-secret society at UVA. Sarah Bray, Town & Country, "American Student Imprisoned in North Korea Did It All for a Secret Society," 18 Mar. 2016

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1821, in the meaning defined above

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