from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An organization, such as a lodge, that requires its members to conceal certain activities, such as its rites of initiation, from outsiders.
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- noun A
club, fraternal organization, or other associationwhich admits only selected individuals as members, whose meetings and practices are often ritualisticand not public, and which often has the purpose of furthering the socialor economic opportunitiesof its members.
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- noun a society that conceals its activities from nonmembers
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