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[see-kruh-see] /ˈsi krə si/
noun, plural secrecies for 5.
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.
Origin of secrecy
late Middle English
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.
1. confidentiality, privacy, stealth, covertness. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I don't pretend to understand your game, but you may rely on my secrecy.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • He tried to swear Edith and me to secrecy, but we refused to be sworn.

  • 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
  • However, I'll take it out, as you wish it, and make the full stop at "secrecy."

  • Tom and I are trying to solve the mystery, and secrecy is of the greatest importance.

    The Inn at the Red Oak Latta Griswold
British Dictionary definitions for secrecy


noun (pl) -cies
the state or quality of being secret
the state of keeping something secret
the ability or tendency to keep things secret
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for secrecy

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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