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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Secret  \Se"cret\,  n.  [F.  secret  (cf.  Pr  secret,  Sp  &  Pg 
  secreto,  It  secreto,  segreto),  from  L.  secretum  See 
  {Secret},  a.] 
  1.  Something  studiously  concealed;  a  thing  kept  from  general 
  knowledge;  what  is  not  revealed,  or  not  to  be  revealed. 
 
  To  tell  our  secrets  is  often  folly;  to  communicate 
  those  of  others  is  treachery.  --Rambler. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Secret  \Se"cret\,  a.  [F.  secret  (cf.  Sp.&  Pg  secreto,  It 
  secreto,  segreto),  fr  L.  secretus  p.  p.  of  secrernere  to 
  put  apart,  to  separate.  See  {Certain},  and  cf  {Secrete}, 
  {Secern}.] 
  1.  Hidden;  concealed;  as  secret  treasure;  secret  plans;  a 
  secret  vow.  --Shak. 
 
  The  secret  things  belong  unto  the  Lord  our  God;  but 
  those  things  which  are  revealed  belong  unto  us 
  --Deut.  xxix. 
  29. 
 
  2.  Withdraw  from  general  intercourse  or  notice;  in  retirement 
  or  secrecy;  secluded. 
 
  There  secret  in  her  sapphire  cell,  He  with  the 
  Na["i]s  wont  to  dwell.  --Fenton. 
 
  3.  Faithful  to  a  secret;  not  inclined  to  divulge  or  betray 
  confidence;  secretive.  [R.] 
 
  Secret  Romans,  that  have  spoke  the  word  And  will 
  not  palter.  --Shak. 
 
  4.  Separate;  distinct.  [Obs.] 
 
  They  suppose  two  other  divine  hypostases  superior 
  thereunto,  which  were  perfectly  secret  from  matter. 
  --Cudworth. 
 
  Syn:  Hidden;  concealed;  secluded;  retired;  unseen;  unknown; 
  private;  obscure;  recondite;  latent;  covert; 
  clandestine;  privy.  See  {Hidden}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Secret  \Se"cret\,  v.  t. 
  To  keep  secret.  [Obs.]  --Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  secret 
  adj  1:  not  open  or  public;  kept  private  or  not  revealed;  "a  secret 
  formula";  "secret  ingredients";  "secret  talks" 
  2:  conducted  with  or  marked  by  hidden  aims  or  methods; 
  "clandestine  intelligence  operations";  "cloak-and-dagger 
  activities  behind  enemy  lines";  "hole-and-corner 
  intrigue";  "secret  missions";  "a  secret  agent";  "secret 
  sales  of  arms";  "surreptitious  mobilization  of  troops"; 
  "an  undercover  investigation";  "underground  resistance" 
  [syn:  {clandestine},  {cloak-and-dagger},  {hole-and-corner(a)}, 
  {hugger-mugger},  {hush-hush},  {on  the  quiet(p)},  {surreptitious}, 
  {undercover},  {underground}] 
  3:  not  openly  made  known  "a  secret  marriage";  "a  secret  bride" 
  [syn:  {unavowed}] 
  4:  communicated  covertly;  "their  a  secret  signal  was  a  wink"; 
  "secret  messages" 
  5:  not  expressed;  "secret  (or  private)  thoughts"  [syn:  {private}] 
  6:  designed  to  elude  detection;  "a  hidden  room  or  place  of 
  concealment  such  as  a  priest  hole";  "a  secret  passage"; 
  "the  secret  compartment  in  the  desk"  [syn:  {hidden}] 
  7:  hidden  from  general  view  or  use  "a  privy  place  to  rest  and 
  think";  "a  secluded  romantic  spot";  "a  secret  garden" 
  [syn:  {privy},  {secluded}] 
  8:  (of  information)  given  in  confidence  or  in  secret;  "closet 
  information";  "this  arrangement  must  be  kept 
  confidential";  "their  secret  communications"  [syn:  {closet(a)}, 
  {confidential}] 
  9:  indulging  only  covertly;  "a  closet  alcoholic";  "closet 
  liberals"  [syn:  {closet(a)}] 
  10:  having  an  import  not  apparent  to  the  senses  nor  obvious  to 
  the  intelligence;  beyond  ordinary  understanding; 
  "mysterious  symbols";  "the  mystical  style  of  Blake"; 
  "occult  lore";  "the  secret  learning  of  the  ancients" 
  [syn:  {mysterious},  {mystic},  {mystical},  {occult}] 
  11:  the  next  to  highest  level  of  official  classification  for 
  documents 
  n  1:  something  that  should  remain  hidden  from  others  (especially 
  information  that  is  not  to  be  passed  on);  "the 
  combination  to  the  safe  was  a  secret";  "he  tried  to  keep 
  his  drinking  a  secret" 
  2:  information  known  only  to  a  special  group  "the  secret  of 
  Cajun  cooking"  [syn:  {arcanum}] 
  3:  something  that  baffles  understanding  and  cannot  be 
  explained;  "how  it  got  out  is  a  mystery";  "it  remains  one 
  of  nature's  secrets"  [syn:  {mystery},  {enigma},  {closed 
  book}] 




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