noun, plural secrecies for 2, 3.
the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed: a meeting held in secrecy.
privacy; retirement; seclusion.
ability to keep a secret.
the habit or characteristic of being secretive; reticence.

1375–1425; obsolete secre (< Middle French secré secret) + -cy; replacing late Middle English secretee, equivalent to secre + -tee -ty2

antisecrecy, adjective
nonsecrecy, noun, plural nonsecrecies.
prosecrecy, adjective
semisecrecy, noun
supersecrecy, noun, plural supersecrecies.

1. confidentiality, privacy, stealth, covertness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To nonsecrecy
World English Dictionary
secrecy (ˈsiːkrɪsɪ)
n , pl -cies
1.  the state or quality of being secret
2.  the state of keeping something secret
3.  the ability or tendency to keep things secret

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1423, secretee, "quality of being secret," from O.Fr. secré, variant of secret (see secret). Form altered late 16c. on model of primacy, etc.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature