[ adjective ] not open or public; kept private or not revealed
"a secret formula" "secret ingredients" "secret talks"
Used in print(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
At_the_same_time the multiple transvestitism involved - the fat man as girl and as baby , as coquette pretending to be a baby - touches for a moment horrifyingly upon the secret sources of a life like Jacoby 's , upon the sinister dreams which form the sources of any human life .
The horrifying humor , the specifically sexual embarrassment of the joke gone_wrong , the monstrous image of the fat man dressed_up as a whore dressing_up as a baby ; the epiphany of that quivering flesh ; the bringing_together around it of the secret liaison between indolent , mindless sensuality and sharp , shrewd talent , cleverness with an occasional touch of genius ( which , however , does not know `` how to attack the problem of suffering '' ) ; the miraculous way in which music , revelation and death are associated in a single instant - all this seems a triumph of art , a rather desperate art , in itself ; beyond itself , also , it evokes numerous and distant resonances from the entire body of Mann 's work .(J. H. Hexter, "Thomas More: On the Margins...)
generous public provision for the infirm ; democratic and secret elections of all officers including priests , meals taken publicly in common refectories ; a common habit or uniform prescribed for all citizens ; even houses changed once a decade ; six hours of manual_labor a day for all but a handful of magistrates and scholars , and careful measures to prevent anyone from shirking ; no private_property , no money ; no sort of pricing at_all for any goods or services , and therefore no market in the economic sense of the term .(John Hazard Wildman, "Take It Off," The Arizona...)
This nettled the children into the revelation of exact truth , a sacrifice of their secret superiority over grown people , but a victory in the wide fields of perpetration and illegitimate accomplishment .
[ noun ] something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on)
"the combination to the safe was a secret" "he tried to keep his drinking a secret"
Used in print(Organic Gardening and Farming,...)
The more I talked with him , the more convinced I became that that was the secret of their riotous blooming .(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)
The tensions accompanying a repressive consciousness of wrongdoing or sinning or some tormenting secret are relieved for the less self-contained or self-sufficient by confession , repentance , and penance .(Clayton C. Barbeau, The Ikon....)
I think , too '' , he said , his dark eyes mischievous , `` that you will find there some clue to the secret of the cathedrals about which you have spoken '' .(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)
But they , naturally , kept his secret well , and the public at_large knew only of a great excitement in musical and court circles .(Gerald Green, The Heartless Light....)
The equation was simple : wealth brought them happiness , and their united front to the world was their warning that they meant to keep everything they had , let no_one in on the secrets .
[ adjective ] not openly made known
"a secret marriage" "a secret bride"
Used in print(The Rev. John A. O'Brien, "Let's Take Birth Control...)
The Conference called_for a vigorous campaign against the open or secret sale of contraceptives .(Gene Caesar, Rifle for Rent....)
Tom_Horn was soon back at_work , giving his secret employers their money 's worth .
[ adjective ] conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
"clandestine intelligence operations" "cloak-and-dagger activities" "secret missions" "surreptitious mobilization of troops" "an undercover investigation" "underground resistance"
Used in print(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)
Uncle_Randolph had been riding out every evening on some secret business of his own .(Robert Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land....)
Fosterite bishops , after secret conclave , announced the Church 's second Major_Miracle : Supreme_Bishop_Digby had been translated bodily to Heaven and spot-promoted to Archangel , ranking with-but-after Archangel_Foster .
[ adjective ] communicated covertly
"their a secret signal was a wink" "secret messages"
[ adjective ] the next to highest level of official classification for documents
[ adjective ] having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding
"mysterious symbols" "the mystical style of Blake" "occult lore" "the secret learning of the ancients"