secret society

noun
  1. 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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secret society

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