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[dih-vuhlj, dahy-]
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verb (used with object), di·vulged, di·vulg·ing.
  1. to disclose or reveal (something private, secret, or previously unknown).
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Origin of divulge

1425–75; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin dīvulgāre, equivalent to dī- di-2 + vulgāre to make general or common, to spread (vulg(us) the masses + -āre infinitive suffix)
Related formsdi·vulge·ment, noundi·vulg·er, nounnon·di·vulg·ing, adjectiveun·di·vulged, adjectiveun·di·vulg·ing, adjective


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Examples from the Web for undivulged

Historical Examples

  • And he felt in need of it, after what he had done that day, as yet undivulged.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete

    John Galsworthy

  • Whence he comes or whither he goes, is an undivulged secret.

  • But so it is with most undivulged vexations, and there was no one to whom he could tell this one.

    In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • He had an undivulged use, also, to which to apply David Arden.


    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

  • The magistrate looked on and smiled; a father himself, he divined the undivulged ties by which I and Doctor Louis were bound.

    A Secret Inheritance (Volume 2 of 3)

    B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon

British Dictionary definitions for undivulged


  1. (tr; may take a clause as object) to make known (something private or secret); disclose
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Derived Formsdivulgence or divulgement, noundivulger, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Latin dīvulgāre, from di- ² + vulgāre to spread among the people, from vulgus the common people
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Word Origin and History for undivulged



mid-15c., from Latin divulgare "publish, make common," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + vulgare "make common property," from vulgus "common people" (see vulgar). Related: Divulged; divulging.

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