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Secret, subst. 1) something studiously concealed: “a thousand honey --s shalt thou know,” Ven. 16. “to hear her --s so bewrayed,” Pilgr. 352. Gent. II, 5, 40. III, 1, 2. III, 1, 2 Meas. III, 2, 142. Ado I, 1, 206. LLL I, 1, 232. IV, 3, 25. IV, 3, 25 All's IV, 1, 93. IV, 3, 339. Wint. III, 2, 131. IV, 4, 248. IV, 4, 248 IV, 4, 248 V, 2, 132. H6A V, 3, 100. H6B I, 1, 250. III, 2, 376. R3 I, 4, 35. H8 II, 1, 144. II, 3, 51. III, 2, 215. V, 1, 17. Tit. IV, 2, 170. Caes. II, 1, 281. Caes. II, 1, 281 Caes. II, 1, 281 Caes. II, 1, 281 Mcb. V, 1, 81. Hml. I, 5, 14. Oth. IV, 2, 22. Cymb. II, 2, 40. III, 5, 86. Per. I, 1, 117. I, 3, 7. some marks of s. == some secret marks: Cymb. V, 5, 206 (cf. Of).
2) privacy, state or place not seen: “the --s of the grave this viperous slander enters,” Cymb. III, 4, 40. in s. == privately, secretly: Ado IV, 1, 95. LLL V, 2, 236. Rom. I, 3, 8. Hml. IV, 5, 88.
3) a thing not yet discovered or explained, a mystery: “the --s of nature have no more gift in taciturnity,” Troil. IV, 2, 74 (Q the --s of neighbour Pandar). “all blest --s, all you unpublished virtues of the earth, spring with my tears,” Lr. IV, 4, 15.
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