secrecy

  • 1Secrecy — 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2secrecy — index concealment, confidence (relation of trust), evasion, mystery, obscuration, privacy Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 3secrecy — (n.) early 15c., secretee, quality of being secret, from O.Fr. secré, variant of secret (see SECRET (Cf. secret)). Form altered late 16c. on model of primacy, etc …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4secrecy — [n] concealment clandestineness, confidence, confidentiality, covertness, dark, darkness, furtiveness, hiding, hush, isolation, mystery, privacy, reticence, retirement, seclusion, secretiveness, secretness, silence, solitude, stealth, suppression …

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  • 5secrecy — [sē′krə sē] n. pl. secrecies [altered < ME secretee < secre, secret < OFr secré < L secretus: see SECRET] 1. the condition of being secret or concealed 2. a tendency to keep things secret; practice or habit of being secretive …

    English World dictionary

  • 6Secrecy — For the 2008 documentary film, see Secrecy (film). Secret and Covert redirect here. For other uses, see Secret (disambiguation) and Covert (disambiguation). Clandestinity redirects here. For the diriment impediment in the canon law of the Roman… …

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  • 7secrecy — n. 1) to ensure secrecy 2) strict secrecy 3) secrecy in (secrecy in conducting negotiations) 4) in secrecy (to meet in secrecy) (the meetings were held in the strictest secrecy) 5) (misc.) to swear smb. to secrecy * * * [ siːkrɪsɪ] (misc.) to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 8secrecy — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ absolute, complete, total ▪ great, strict, utmost ▪ excessive ▪ government …

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  • 9secrecy — se|cre|cy [ˈsi:krəsi] n [U] [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: secretie secrecy (15 16 centuries), from secre secret (14 16 centuries), from Old French secré, from Latin secretus; SECRET1] 1.) the process of keeping something secret, or when something is… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10secrecy — se|cre|cy [ sikrəsi ] noun uncount a situation in which you keep something secret, or the process of keeping something secret: Discussions were to take place in total secrecy. shrouded/cloaked/veiled in secrecy: The Iraqi contract was shrouded in …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11secrecy — noun (U) 1 the process of keeping something secret, or the state of being kept a secret: I must stress the need for absolute secrecy about the project. 2 be sworn to secrecy if you have been sworn to secrecy by someone, you have promised them… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12secrecy — [[t]si͟ːkrəsi[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft prep N Secrecy is the act of keeping something secret, or the state of being kept secret. The British government has thrown a blanket of secrecy over the details... He shrouds his business dealings in secrecy …

    English dictionary

  • 13secrecy — UK [ˈsiːkrəsɪ] / US [ˈsɪkrəsɪ] noun [uncountable] a situation in which you keep something secret, or the process of keeping something secret Discussions were to take place in total secrecy. shrouded/cloaked/veiled in secrecy: The Iraqi contract… …

    English dictionary

  • 14secrecy — noun 1) the secrecy of the material Syn: confidentiality, classified nature 2) a government that thrives on secrecy Syn: secretiveness, covertness, furtiveness, surreptitiousness, stealth, stealthiness …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15secrecy — n. 1 the keeping of secrets as a fact, habit, or faculty. 2 a state in which all information is withheld (was done in great secrecy). Phrases and idioms: sworn to secrecy having promised to keep a secret. Etymology: ME f. secretie f. obs. secre… …

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  • 16secrecy — /see kreuh see/, n., pl. secrecies for 2, 3. 1. the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed: a meeting held in secrecy. 2. privacy; retirement; seclusion. 3. ability to keep a secret. 4. the habit or characteristic of being… …

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  • 17secrecy — /ˈsikrəsi/ (say seekruhsee) noun (plural secrecies) 1. the state of being secret or concealed: a meeting in strict secrecy. 2. privacy; retirement; seclusion. 3. ability to keep a secret. 4. secretive habits; lack of openness. {obsolete secre(e)… …

    Australian-English dictionary

  • 18secrecy — The quality or condition of being concealed or secret, as the proceedings of a grand jury are to be held in secrecy …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 19secrecy — secret ► ADJECTIVE 1) not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others. 2) fond of having or keeping secrets; secretive. ► NOUN 1) something secret. 2) a method of achieving something that is not commonly known or recognized: the… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 20secrecy — noun (plural cies) Etymology: alteration of earlier secretie, from Middle English secretee, from secret secret Date: 1556 1. the condition of being hidden or concealed 2. the habit or practice of keeping secrets or maintaining privacy or… …

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