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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 Nais 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.

 

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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.

2.

A thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a mystery.

All secrets of the deep, all nature's works. Milton

3. pl.

The parts which modesty and propriety require to be concealed; the genital organs.

In secret, in a private place; in privacy or secrecy; in a state or place not seen; privately.

Bread eaten in secret is pleasant. Prov. ix. 17.

 

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Se"cret (?), v. t.

To keep secret.

[Obs.]

Bacon.

 

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