Secrecy Se"cre*cy, n.; pl. {Secrecies}. [From {Secret}.] 1. The state or quality of being hidden; as, his movements were detected in spite of their secrecy. [1913 Webster]

The Lady Anne, Whom the king hath in secrecy long married. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is concealed; a secret. [R.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Seclusion; privacy; retirement. ``The pensive secrecy of desert cell.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. The quality of being secretive; fidelity to a secret; forbearance of disclosure or discovery. [1913 Webster]

It is not with public as with private prayer; in this, rather secrecy is commanded than outward show. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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