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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: secretie 'secrecy' (15-16 centuries), from secre 'secret' (14-16 centuries), from Old French secré, from Latin secretus; SECRET1

secrecy

noun
     
se‧cre‧cy [uncountable]
1 the process of keeping something secret, or when something is kept a secret [↪ secret]:
I must stress the need for absolute secrecy about the project.
the veil of secrecy that covered the talks
2

swear somebody to secrecy

to make someone promise not to repeat what you have told them

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