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Secrecy, 1) state of being hidden, privacy, concealment: “thus breathes she forth her spite against the unseen s. of night,” Lucr. 763. “sealed to curious s.” Compl. 49. “in nature's infinite book of s. a little I can read,” Ant. I, 2, 9. in s. == in secret: “whom the king hath in s. long married,” H8 III, 2, 404. “this to me in dreadful s. impart they did,” Hml. I, 2, 207.
2) a secret, that which is kept concealed: “nor read the subtle-shining --es writ in the glassy margents of such books,” Lucr. 101.
3) habit of keeping secrets, discretion: “this s. of thine shall be a tailor to thee,” Wiv. III, 3, 33. “thanks for thy care and s.” Meas. V, 536. LLL V, 1, 116. Wint. III, 3, 130. H4A II, 3, 112. H6B I, 2, 90. II, 2, 68. Troil. I, 2, 286. Hml. II, 2, 305. III, 4, 192. Per. I, 1, 153.
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