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secret

adjective abstruse, acroamatic, acroamatical, arcane, arcanus, clandestine, close, concealed, covert, cryptic, dark, esoteric, furtive, hidden, latent, mysterious, not public, obscure, occult, occultus, private, privy, recondite, secluded, secretus, shrouded, sly, undisclosed, undivulged, unknown, unpublished, unrevealed, unseen, untold, veiled
Associated concepts: secret lien, undisclosed principal

secret

noun abstruse knowledge, arcana, cabal, classified information, concealed knowledge, confidence, connidential communication, confidential matter, enigma, hidden knowledge, inside information, intimacy, intrigue, mystery, obscure information, personal matter, private affair, private communication, private matter, privileged communication, privileged information, puzzle, recondite knowledge, res arcana, res occulta, unknown information, veiled information
See also: anonymous, clandestine, close, confidence, confidential, covert, enigma, enigmatic, esoteric, furtive, hidden, inscrutable, interior, intimate, mysterious, mystery, personal, private, privy, recondite, seal, seclude, sequester, sly, stealthy, surreptitious, ulterior, uncanny, undisclosed

SECRET. That which is not to be revealed.
     2. Attorneys and counsellors, who have been trusted professionally with the secrets of their clients, are not allowed to reveal them in a court of justice. The right of secrecy belongs to the client, and not to the attorney and counsellor.
     3. As to the matter communicated, it extends to all cases where the client applies for professional advice or assistance; and it does not appear that the protection is qualified by any reference to proceedings pending or in contemplation. Story, Eq. Pl. Sec. 600; 1 Milne & K. 104; 3 Sim. R. 467.
     3. Documents confided professionally to the counsel cannot be demanded, unless indeed the party would himself be bound to produce them. Hare on Discov. 171. Grand jurors are sworn the commonwealth's secrets, their fellows and their own to keep. Vide Confidential communications; Witness.

SECRET, rights. A knowledge of something which is unknown to others, out of which a profit may be made; for example, an invention of a machine, or the discovery of the effect of the combination of certain matters.
     2. Instances have occurred of secrets of that kind being kept for many years, but they are liable to constant detection. As such secrets are not property, the possessors of them in general prefer making them public, and securing the exclusive right for years, under the patent laws, to keeping them in an insecure manner, without them. See Phil. on Pat. ch. 15; Gods. on Pat. 171; Dav. Pat. Cas. 429; 8 Ves. 215; 2 Ves. & B. 218; 2 Mer. 446; 3 Mer. 157; 1 Jac. & W. 394; 1 Pick. 443; 4 Mason, 15; 3 B. & P. 630.

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So saying she swung the secret panel that separated us from the apartment in which I had found her, and we stepped through once more into the presence of the other prisoners.
His secret temples are hidden in the heart of every community.
Only two are known to exist, and these were worn as the insignia of their rank and position by the two old men in whose charge was placed the operation of the great engines which pump the artificial atmosphere to all parts of Mars from the huge atmosphere plant, the secret to whose mighty portals placed in my possession the ability to save from immediate extinction the life of a whole world.
That when once taken, he shall be shut up in a fortress from which her secret shall never escape.
Not alone was their work confined to unseen warfare with the secret agents of the Oligarchy.
First, the weeding out from our circles of the secret agents of the Oligarchy.
We mined the organization of the Iron Heel with our secret agents, and the Iron Heel countermined with its secret agents inside its own organization.
The doctor was not the sort of man to give his daughter, or any other woman, the slightest chance of surprising his secrets.
Butteridge, and the extraordinary terms he demanded for the secret of his machine.
For it was a secret and he kept it secret in the most elaborate fashion.
She had not heard the martial music of the garrison, melting on the evening air, nor seen the strange banner, which fluttered over the heights that rose at no great distance from her father's extensive grounds, without experiencing some of those secret impulses which are thought to distinguish the sex.
Stimulated no less by the unpropitious aspect of the skies, than by his secret uneasiness, he quickened his pace, making long and rapid strides in the direction of the cottage of Inesella.