Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Secret, hidden, or concealed character or condition.
  • noun Secretive character or disposition; secretiveness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being secret, hid, or concealed.
  • noun Secretiveness; concealment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Quality of being secret.
  • noun archaic Secrecy.

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Examples

  • And there's a certain secretness that makes it attractive and it taps into our sinful natures in that it pulls at the very core of who we are.

    CNN Transcript Mar 3, 2009

  • We can expect the military to resist, to use security — top secretness — as an excuse not to participate.

    Printing: Walter Reeding Iraq--

  • We can expect the military to resist, to use security — top secretness — as an excuse not to participate.

    Walter Reeding Iraq--

  • Turns out the “po-po” had been by an hour earlier and sure enough, we were escorted into The Squeeze with much furtive secretness, into a party that was officially slamming.

    Mom and Dad, you in fact do not want to read this one.

  • Turns out the “po-po” had been by an hour earlier and sure enough, we were escorted into The Squeeze with much furtive secretness, into a party that was officially slamming.

    La Coquette:

  • There was a great deal of privacy and secretness about the locations of the funeral.

    CNN Transcript Dec 7, 2006

  • Supposing I were in all secretness to cut the hawser mooring one of those ships?

    Hunger

  • O Jesu Christ, who might be so blessed that might see openly thy great marvels of secretness there where no sinner may be!

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • Flood of warm jamjam lickitup secretness flowed to flow in music out, in desire, dark to lick flow invading.

    Ulysses

  • A true dream, of true love, a dream that came from the paths of secretness within her own and Alvin's hearts.

    Alvin Journeyman

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