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.

(01 Mar 1998)