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1    kept hidden or separate from the knowledge of others  
   Related adj       cryptic  
2    known only to initiates  
a secret password     
3    hidden from general view or use  
a secret garden     
4    able or tending to keep things private or to oneself  
5    operating without the knowledge of outsiders  
a secret society     
6    outside the normal range of knowledge  
7    something kept or to be kept hidden  
8    something unrevealed; mystery  
9    an underlying explanation, reason, etc., that is not apparent  
the secret of success     
10    a method, plan, etc., known only to initiates  
11      (Liturgy)   a variable prayer, part of the Mass, said by the celebrant after the offertory and before the preface  
12    in the secret. among the people who know a secret  
     (C14: via Old French from Latin secretus concealed, from secernere to sift; see secern)  
  secretly      adv  

open secret  
      n   something that is supposed to be secret but is widely known  
secret agent  
      n   a person employed in espionage  
secret police  
      n   a police force that operates relatively secretly to check subversion or political dissent  
secret service  
1    a government agency or department that conducts intelligence or counterintelligence operations  
2    such operations  
Secret Service  
      n   a U.S. government agency responsible for the protection of the president, the suppression of counterfeiting, and certain other police activities  
secret society  
      n   a society or organization that conceals its rites, activities, etc., from those who are not members  
      adj   containing information whose disclosure would cause exceedingly grave damage to the nation and therefore classified as needing the highest level of secrecy and security  
trade secret  
      n   a secret formula, technique, process, etc., known and used to advantage by only one manufacturer  
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1    backstairs, behind someone's back, camouflaged, cloak-and-dagger, close, closet     (informal)   concealed, conspiratorial, covered, covert, disguised, furtive, hidden, hole-and-corner     (informal)   hush-hush     (informal)   reticent, shrouded, undercover, underground, under wraps, undisclosed, unknown, unpublished, unrevealed, unseen  
2    abstruse, arcane, cabbalistic, clandestine, classified, cryptic, esoteric, mysterious, occult, recondite  
3    hidden, out-of-the-way, private, retired, secluded, unfrequented, unknown  
4    close, deep, discreet, reticent, secretive, sly, stealthy, underhand  
5    code, confidence, enigma, formula, key, mystery, recipe, skeleton in the cupboard  
6    in secret      behind closed doors, by stealth, huggermugger     (archaic)   in camera, incognito, secretly, slyly, surreptitiously  
,       adj   apparent, candid, disclosed, exoteric, frank, manifest, obvious, open, overt, public, straightforward, unconcealed, visible, well-known  

secret agent     
cloak-and-dagger man, nark     (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang)   spook     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   spy, undercover agent  

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making something known that was secret
secret or previously unknown details of a history or a biography
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