Facebook and its bankers are accused of secretly disclosing negative information to some investors.
In lieu of Feinstein (or perhaps, with her secretly watching from inside), the Code Pink party roared on.
If their budget did not permit such extravagance, he would indulge everyone and secretly pay for it himself.
Sure revealing that you secretly like to paint might be relieving, but what next?
Between 1976 and 1983 the Argentinian government “disappeared,” or secretly abducted, approximately 30,000 of its own people.
I was the more ready to do so, in that I secretly possessed fifty ducats.
Father Hennepin secretly watched their proceedings with the utmost anxiety.
The cunning Mimi secretly longed to steal out into the world and find that magic ring.
There is something in the inflection of the voice that secretly delights Marcia.
secretly I have already called together the army, for the moment the news is known there will be a storm.
late 14c., from Latin secretus "set apart, withdrawn; hidden, concealed, private," past participle of secernere "to set apart, part, divide; exclude," from se- "without, apart," properly "on one's own" (see se-) + cernere "separate" (see crisis).
As an adjective from late 14c., from French secret, adjective use of noun. Open secret is from 1828. Secret agent first recorded 1715; secret service is from 1737; secret weapon is from 1936.
"to keep secret" (described in OED as "obsolete"), 1590s, from secret (n.). Related: Secreted; secreting.