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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occult, occultus, private, privy, recondite, secluded, secretus, shrouded, sly, undisclosed, undivulged, unknown, unpublished, unrevealed, unseen, untold, veiled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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The former Nigerian minister turned down an invitation to the office of the secret police last Thursday when he first received the notice, without a warrant of arrest.
A spokeswoman for the secret police agency declined to immediately comment.
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It seems they came for Tatiana," one violinist wrote during rehearsals of Pyotr Tchaikovsky's opera "Eugene Onegin" in 1968, referring to the frequent disappearances of people taken away by the Kremlin's secret police for interrogation.
But he soon began to clamp down on pro-democracy activists, sending the regime's secret police to raid their meetings.
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Gareth, the head of the secret police, finds himself between to conflicting political parties as a result, with intrigue and dangers abounding in this tense mystery thriller.
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KGB staff and senior members of the Bulgarian secret police were suspected of involvement in his murder in September 1978 but the assassin has never been found.
A new book in Poland has revived debate over old allegations that the country's anti-communist icon Lech Walesa was a communist secret police (SB) spy code-named "Bolek".
Mr Alexander Shelepin former chief of Russia's Secret Police has been granted a visa to visit Britain next month as leader of a Soviet trade union delegation which is to have talks with the T.