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[see-kruh-see] /ˈsi krə si/
noun, plural secrecies for 5.
the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed:
a meeting held in secrecy.
the state of being apart from other people; privacy; seclusion.
ability to keep a secret.
the habit or characteristic of being secretive; reticence.
Archaic. something that is secret or mysterious:
the secrecies of nature.
Origin of secrecy
late Middle English
1375-1425; obsolete secre (< Middle French secré secret) + -cy; replacing late Middle English secretee, equivalent to secre + -tee -ty2
Related forms
antisecrecy, adjective
nonsecrecy, noun, plural nonsecrecies.
prosecrecy, adjective
semisecrecy, noun
supersecrecy, noun, plural supersecrecies.
1. confidentiality, privacy, stealth, covertness. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for secrecy
  • One of the barriers to publishing a story about diamond growers is that almost everyone involved is touchy about secrecy.
  • If the labs were so wonderful, they wouldn't have ridiculous secrecy and walls with no windows where they keep the animals.
  • But his private phobias about germs and secrecy were something else again.
  • There was such a great loss of life that it was a tightly held secret at the time, and that secrecy lingered.
  • The team employed secrecy to cover their tracks and protect the site from future plunderers.
  • The secrecy has spawned environmentalists' efforts to make such data more publicly accessible.
  • But strict secrecy is critical to its continued existence and safety.
  • Trust for the nuclear industry is about a cultural paradigm change from secrecy and control to open and shared operations.
  • Data secrecy clouds judgments of lethal injection.
  • Even in nature animals have to have some kind of secrecy to operate.
British Dictionary definitions for secrecy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being secret
the state of keeping something secret
the ability or tendency to keep things secret
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for secrecy

1570s, from secretee, "quality of being secret" (early 15c.), from Old French secré, variant of secret (see secret (n.)) + -ty (2). Form altered on model of primacy, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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