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secrecy

[ see-kruh-see ]
/ ˈsi krə si /
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noun, plural se·cre·cies 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.

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Origin of secrecy

1375–1425; obsolete secre (<Middle French secrésecret) + -cy; replacing late Middle English secretee, equivalent to secre + -tee-ty2

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British Dictionary definitions for secrecy

secrecy
/ (ˈsiːkrɪsɪ) /

noun plural -cies

the state or quality of being secret
the state of keeping something secret
the ability or tendency to keep things secret
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