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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.
Contemporary Examples

The group was started in Europe back in 1776, with members taking a vow of secrecy.
Jay-Z Just Can’t Get Away From the Illuminati Rumors Allison Samuels March 12, 2013

A premium will be put on secrecy during the conclave itself.
With Pope Benedict XVI’s Retirement, Conclave Rules Prove Unclear Christopher Dickey February 11, 2013

But the secrecy and fear surrounding the once-successful quarantine has now put the region in even greater danger.
Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone Abby Haglage November 4, 2014

But beyond that point, secrecy creates its own problems: high costs and weak oversight.
Is the Pentagon’s $55 Billion Stealth Bomber Too Big a Secret? Bill Sweetman September 21, 2014

When it comes to adoption, the struggles of those on both sides of the equation are too often shrouded in secrecy.
Making Adoption Work Danielle Friedman November 16, 2010

Historical Examples

The day having dawned, the housekeeper went to fetch a woman, who agreed to nurse the infant in silence and secrecy.
The Exemplary Novels of Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

He tried to swear Edith and me to secrecy, but we refused to be sworn.
Grace Harlowe’s Return to Overton Campus Jessie Graham Flower

In his residence of Tangier, Musa, with secrecy and caution, continued his correspondence and hastened his preparations.
The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward Gibbon

secrecy was now out of the question and it was well that he was moving thus in the open.
Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

Lady Chiltern, however, always declared that her secrecy on the matter had always been inviolable.
Phineas Redux Anthony Trollope

noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being secret
the state of keeping something secret
the ability or tendency to keep things secret

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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