SE'CRECY, n. [from secret.]
1. Properly, a state of separation; hence, concealment from the observation of others, or from the notice of any persons not concerned; privacy; a state of being bid from view. When used of an individual, secrecy implies concealment from all others; when used of two or more, it implies concealment from all persons except those concerned. thus a company of counterfeiters carry on their villainy in secrecy.
The Lady Anne, Whom the king in secrecy hath long married. Shak.
2. Solitude; retirement; seclusion from the view of others.
3. Forbearance of disclosure or discovery.
It is not with public as with private prayer; in this, rather secrecy is commanded than outward show. Hooker.
4. Fidelity to a secret; the act or habit of keeping secrets.
For secrecy no lady closer.