[kuh n-seel-muh nt]


the act of concealing.
the state of being concealed.
a means or place of hiding.

Origin of concealment

1275–1325; Middle English concelement < Anglo-French. See conceal, -ment
Related formsnon·con·ceal·ment, nounpre·con·ceal·ment, nounre·con·ceal·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of concealment

  • At the News of the World, he said his concealment techniques grew lax and he started using company phones.

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    How To Hack James Bond

    Nico Hines, Peter Jukes

    January 29, 2014

  • If money is spent on concealment, what is that money but a campaign expenditure?

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    The Dismaying Edwards Decision

    David Frum

    June 1, 2012

  • And maybe its concealment showed his victory over those lures, of both the flesh and the brush.

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    The Bible’s Gypsy Rose

    Blake Gopnik

    March 6, 2012

  • The best known of them, The Beauty of Concealment and the Concealment of Beauty, is available on Kindle.

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    Iran's Hillary Clinton

    Geraldine Brooks

    June 10, 2009

Historical Examples of concealment

  • 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.


    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

Word Origin and History for concealment

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