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concealment

[kuh n-seel-muh nt] /kənˈsil mənt/
noun
1.
the act of concealing.
2.
the state of being concealed.
3.
a means or place of hiding.
Origin of concealment
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English concelement < Anglo-French. See conceal, -ment
Related forms
nonconcealment, noun
preconcealment, noun
reconcealment, noun
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  • My reason for concealment was, that I might surprise you at the end of this voyage.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • There could probably be no concealment, certainly no explanation.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Persons of the class alluded to will sometimes admit of concealment.

  • But it was not the policy of Hawkeye to affect the least concealment.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • But fear was accompanied by another instinct—that of concealment.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Hilary sprang to his feet; further attempt at concealment was useless.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
Word Origin and History for concealment
n.

early 14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French concelement "concealment, secrecy," from conceler "to hide" (see conceal). Originally a term in law; general sense is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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