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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.
Origin of secret society
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • First a secret society was organized, bound by the most stringent oaths that could be devised.

  • Young as she is, she's some kind of a free mason or secret society, you may be sure.

    Jewel Clara Louise Burnham
  • Dr. Adam Weishaupt, professor of canon law at Ingolstadt, founded the secret society of the illuminati.

  • Are you not a member of a secret society, my dear M. Baisemeaux?

    Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • For Bobby had really been drawn as a member of the secret society, and she never ceased to be surprised at the fact.

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  • "secret society," put in Harry, as Plunger came to a standstill.

    The Hero of Garside School J. Harwood Panting
  • Since 1815 a secret society of Greek patriots had been preparing the way for a revolt.

    The Story of Mankind Hendrik Van Loon
British Dictionary definitions for secret society

secret society

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