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secrecy

[see-kruh-see] /ˈsi krə si/
noun, plural secrecies for 5.
1.
the state or condition of being secret, hidden, or concealed:
a meeting held in secrecy.
2.
the state of being apart from other people; privacy; seclusion.
3.
ability to keep a secret.
4.
the habit or characteristic of being secretive; reticence.
5.
Archaic. something that is secret or mysterious:
the secrecies of nature.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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.
Synonyms
1. confidentiality, privacy, stealth, covertness.
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British Dictionary definitions for secrecy

secrecy

/ˈsiːkrɪsɪ/
noun (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
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Word Origin and History for secrecy
n.

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.

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