Secrecy

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secrecy

1. The state or quality of being hidden; as, his movements were detected in spite of their secrecy. The lady Anne, Whom the king hath in secrecy long married. (Shak)

2. That which is concealed; a secret.

3. Seclusion; privacy; retirement. The pensive secrecy of desert cell.

4. The quality of being secretive; fidelity to a secret; forbearance of disclosure or discovery. It is not with public as with private prayer; in this, rather secrecy is commanded than outward show. (hooker)

Origin: From Secret.