American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being secret or hidden; concealment.
- n. The ability or habit of keeping secrets; closeness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being secret or concealed; secret, secretive, or clandestine, manner, method, or conduct; concealment from the observation or knowledge of others: as, to carry on a design in secrecy; to secure secrecy.
- n. Privacy; retirement; seclusion; solitude.
- n. Ability to keep a secret or secrets; fidelity in keeping secrets; strict silence regarding matters intended to be kept secret.
- n. Secretive habits; secretiveness; lack of openness.
- n. A secret; also, secrets collectively.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being hidden.
- n. rare That which is concealed; a secret.
- n. Seclusion; privacy; retirement.
- n. The quality of being secretive; fidelity to a secret; forbearance of disclosure or discovery.
- n. the condition of being concealed or hidden
- n. the trait of keeping things secret
- Alteration of Middle English secretee, from secret, secret; see secret. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Quite why the Bank has to keep its operations so shrouded in secrecy is a mystery to me," said Simon Ward, economist at New Star.”
“This exercise in secrecy is part of a Clinton pattern that grows more worrisome all the time.”
“Howard Dean criticized the Bush administration for what he called secrecy in awarding oil contracts in Iraq.”
“Accetturo criticized what he called secrecy in the Carmel Performing Arts Foundation, the group formed to raise funds for the center and eventually operate it.”
“If they have to place holds in "secrecy" then it certainly sounds like dirty, dirty politics.”
“Finally, any activity on the government’s part, with no oversight, no acccountability, done in secrecy, is ripe for abuse - such as eavesdropping on conversations by political opponents.”
“Cloaked in secrecy was the previous administrations law.”
“Institutional spawned secrecy is pretty much never better than its openness.”
“The substance of contacts with the Taliban so far remains largely shrouded in secrecy, even to members of the new peace council, which is eventually supposed to make policy on how to move forward.”
“The selection process is shrouded in secrecy – nominations are kept secret for 50 years.”
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