secret society

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. secret partner,
  2. secret police,
  3. secret santa,
  4. secret sauce,
  5. secret service,
  6. secreta,
  7. secretagog,
  8. secretagogue,
  9. secretaire,
  10. secretarial

Origin of secret society

First recorded in 1820–30

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British Dictionary definitions for secret society

secret society

noun

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