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[dih-vuhlj, dahy-] /dɪˈvʌldʒ, daɪ-/
verb (used with object), divulged, divulging.
to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown).
Origin of divulge
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīvulgāre, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vulgāre to make general or common, to spread (vulg(us) the masses + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related forms
divulgement, noun
divulger, noun
nondivulging, adjective
undivulged, adjective
undivulging, adjective
See reveal. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for undivulged
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  • The magistrate looked on and smiled; a father himself, he divined the undivulged ties by which I and Doctor Louis were bound.

    A Secret Inheritance (Volume 2 of 3) B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • Whence he comes or whither he goes, is an undivulged secret.

  • Then, his face again transfigured with that undivulged joy they shared, he looked up at me.

    The Tower of Oblivion Oliver Onions
  • But so it is with most undivulged vexations, and there was no one to whom he could tell this one.

    In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3 Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • But the silence under which I was bound was terrifying—double so when the danger was so shapeless and undivulged.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • He had an undivulged use, also, to which to apply David Arden.

    Checkmate Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • And he felt in need of it, after what he had done that day, as yet undivulged.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • The rest of the day was passed free from outward disturbance to Ellis; and what she might experience internally was undivulged.

  • So our hero was at length fairly started on his momentous mission, with its secret yet undivulged.

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • They had been bringing into their homes and families an undivulged and terrible monster.

    The House by the Church-Yard J. Sheridan Le Fanu
British Dictionary definitions for undivulged


(transitive; may take a clause as object) to make known (something private or secret); disclose
Derived Forms
divulgence, divulgement, noun
divulger, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dīvulgāre, from di-² + vulgāre to spread among the people, from vulgus the common people
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Word Origin and History for undivulged



mid-15c., from Latin divulgare "publish, make common," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + vulgare "make common property," from vulgus "common people" (see vulgar). Related: Divulged; divulging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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