- 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
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Examples from the Web for secret society
"Secret-society stuff," he said to himself as he slapped his way out of the marsh.Skippy Bedelle
Now, Switzerland has been for hundreds of years a centre of revolutionary and secret-society intrigue.Secret Societies And Subversive Movements
Nesta H. Webster
Field was raw and not a bit deferential to established customs, and so the secret-society men were not attracted to him.Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions
One consolation is that this sort of secret-society biznai will drive King wild.Stalky & Co.
- a society or organization that conceals its rites, activities, etc, from those who are not members
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