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se·cret

 (sē′krĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Kept hidden from knowledge or view; concealed: a secret identity; a secret passageway.
b. Not expressed; inward: secret desires.
2.
a. Given to keeping one's thoughts and activities unknown to others; secretive: "Scrooge ... was secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster" (Charles Dickens).
b. Not revealing a secret or not given to revealing secrets: "She boasted ... that he did tell her. But he didn't. He was secret as the grave" (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala).
3.
a. Operating in a hidden or confidential manner: a secret commission; a secret agent.
b. Containing information, the unauthorized disclosure of which poses a grave threat to national security.
4. Not much visited; secluded: a secret hiding place.
5.
a. Known or shared only by the initiated: secret rites.
b. Beyond ordinary understanding; mysterious: "like Pan, calling out with his flute to come join in on the secret chaos of the world" (Rick Bass).
n.
1. Something that is kept out of the knowledge or sight of others or is known only to oneself or a few: wanted to have no secrets between them.
2. Something that remains beyond understanding or explanation; a mystery: unlocking the secrets of the atom.
3. A method or formula for doing or making something well, especially when not widely known: The secret of this dish is in the sauce.
4. Secret A variable prayer said after the Offertory and before the Preface in the Mass.
Idiom:
in secret
Without others knowing.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sēcrētus, from past participle of sēcernere, to set aside : sē-, apart; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + cernere, to separate; see krei- in Indo-European roots.]

se′cret·ly adv.
Synonyms: secret, stealthy, covert, clandestine, furtive, surreptitious, underhanded
These adjectives mean deliberately hidden from view or knowledge. Secret is the most general: The desk has a secret compartment. The spies conduct secret negotiations.
Stealthy suggests quiet, cautious deceptiveness intended to escape notice: "The males of each community formed temporary parties that regularly patrolled their borders and sometimes made stealthy incursions into the territory of their neighbors" (Jane Goodall).
Covert describes something that is concealed or disguised: Students protested the covert actions undertaken by the CIA.
Clandestine implies stealth and secrecy for the concealment of an often illegal or improper purpose: "The gold was becoming so routine that he'd stopped being clandestine about it" (Jennifer Egan).
Furtive suggests the slyness, shiftiness, and evasiveness of a thief: I took a furtive glance at the papers on the desk.
Something surreptitious is stealthy, furtive, and often unseemly or unethical: "She takes surreptitious sips from a flask in her bag as she waits in the cold" (Mary V. Dearborn).
Underhand implies unfairness, deceit, or slyness as well as secrecy: The politician achieved success by underhand methods.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.secretly - in secrecy; not openly; "met secretly to discuss the invasion plans"; "the children secretly went to the movies when they were supposed to be at the library"; "they arranged to meet in secret"
2.secretly - not openly; inwardly; "they were secretly delighted at his embarrassment"; "hoped secretly she would change her mind"

secretly

adverb
1. in secret, privately, surreptitiously, quietly, covertly, behind closed doors, in confidence, in your heart, furtively, in camera, confidentially, on the fly (slang, chiefly Brit.), stealthily, under the counter, clandestinely, unobserved, on the sly, in your heart of hearts, behind (someone's) back, in your innermost thoughts, on the q.t. (informal) secretly organized events
2. privately, in your heart of hearts, in your innermost thoughts I've often secretly wondered if I'd be happier without all this.

secretly

adverb
In a secret way:
Idioms: by stealth, on the sly, under cover.
Translations
potajítajně
hemmeligt
salaa
tajno
leynilega, í leyni
秘密に
비밀히
skrivaj
i hemlighet
อย่างลับๆ
kín đáo

secretly

[ˈsiːkrɪtlɪ] ADV [meet, plan, film] → en secreto, a escondidas; [marry] → en secreto; [hope, want] → en el fondo
she was secretly relieved/pleaseden su fuero interno sintió alivio/estaba contenta

secretly

[ˈsiːkrɪtli] adven secret, secrètementsecret police npolice f secrètesecret service n
(gen)services mpl secrets
(US) the Secret Service → les services mpl chargés de la protection du présidentsecret weapon narme f secrète

secretly

adv (= in secrecy)im Geheimen; meet, marry, filmheimlich; (= privately)insgeheim, im Stillen; he was secretly concernedinsgeheim war er beunruhigt

secretly

[ˈsiːkrətlɪ] advin segreto, segretamente

secret

(ˈsiːkrit) adjective
hidden from, unknown to, or not told to, other people. a secret agreement; He kept his illness secret from everybody.
noun
1. something which is, or must be kept, secret. The date of their marriage is a secret; industrial secrets.
2. a hidden explanation. I wish I knew the secret of her success.
ˈsecrecy noun
the state of being or the act of keeping secret.
ˈsecretive (-tiv) adjective
inclined to conceal one's activities, thoughts etc. secretive behaviour.
ˈsecretively adverb
ˈsecretiveness noun
ˈsecretly adverb
in such a way that others do not know, see etc. He secretly copied the numbers down in his notebook.
secret agent
a spy.
secret police
a police force whose activities are kept secret and which is concerned mostly with political crimes.
in secret
secretly. This must all be done in secret.
keep a secret
not to tell (something secret) to anyone else. You can't trust her to keep a secret.

secretly

سِرّاً tajně hemmeligt heimlich κρυφά en secreto salaa secrètement tajno segretamente 秘密に 비밀히 in het geheim hemmelig potajemnie secretamente тайно i hemlighet อย่างลับๆ gizlice kín đáo 秘密地
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And Duson died from a dose of that same poison, a packet of which you procured secretly from Emil Sachs.
It has happened again and again that I have expressed a decided wish, and you have seemed to assent, yet after that you have secretly disobeyed my wish.
I should have remembered my position, and have put myself secretly on my guard.
At an early hour this morning she secretly left the house, and she has not been heard of since.
I suspect he was secretly horrified at these invasions.
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The Father of men and gods gave you birth remote from men and secretly from white-armed Hera.
They had not proceeded far on their expedition when their trail was discovered by a party of nine or ten Indians, who immediately commenced a lurking pursuit, dogging them secretly for five or six days.
And having put him on his honor not to repeat anything she told him, Marya Dmitrievna informed him that Natasha had refused Prince Andrew without her parents' knowledge and that the cause of this was Anatole Kuragin into whose society Pierre's wife had thrown her and with whom Natasha had tried to elope during her father's absence, in order to be married secretly.
The hawks and weasels and 'coons were so many Dowsetts, Lettons, and Guggenhammers that struck at him secretly.
The country indeed affords goats and honey, but nobody would sell us any, the King, as I was secretly informed, having strictly prohibited it, with a view of forcing all we had from us.
This suppression was performed secretly, so secretly that at first we could not comprehend.