secret society

an organization, as a fraternal society, the members of which take secret initiation oaths, share secret passwords and rites, and are bound to assist each other.

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secret society
a society or organization that conceals its rites, activities, etc, from those who are not members

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Example sentences
They might have been a secret society, meeting at odd hours in hidden nooks around the lake.
Astute psychology on the part of this secret society scribe.
The smallest secret society was for the highly prestigious whale hunters.
There is no secret society involved in either organization.
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