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Privy, 1) not destined for general use, but for particular accommodation: “his face is Lucifer's p. kitchen,” H4B II, 4, 360. “is the banquet ready in the p. chamber?” H8 I, 4, 99 (not a reception-room).
2) not seen openly, secret: “what p. marks I had about me,” Err. III, 2, 146. “the p. maidens' groans,” H5 II, 4, 107 (== the secret groans of maidens. The surreptitious Qq and M. Edd. pining). “to take some p. order, to draw the brats of Clarence out of sight,” R3 III, 5, 106.
3) assigned to secret uses: “the other half comes to the p. coffer of the state,” Merch. IV, 1, 354; cf. Merch. IV, 1, 354
4) with to, == being in the secret of: Gent. III, 1, 12. Wint. II, 1, 94. H6B III, 1, 47. H6C I, 2, 46. Rom. V, 3, 266. Hml. I, 1, 133. Ant. I, 2, 42.
5) admitted to secrets of state: “your highness' p. council,” H6B II, 1, 176. H8 IV, 1, 112.
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