What is secrecy?

  • (noun): The trait of keeping things secret.
    Synonyms: secretiveness, silence
    See also — Additional definitions below


Secrecy (also called clandestinity or furtiveness) is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups, perhaps while sharing it with other individuals. That which is kept hidden is known as the secret.

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Some articles on secrecy:

Collaborative Journalism - Criticism
... Collaborative journalism has received some criticism Some news stories require secrecy as they develop ... investigates a person or organization, this secrecy is more likely to be kept ... When news stories are developed collaboratively by multiple journalists, however, secrecy is more likely to be lost and the story jeopardized ...
Spanish Conquistadors - Secrecy and Disinformation
... at that time was India, and the constant competition of Portugal and Spain led to a desire for secrecy about every trade route and every colony ... The tendency to secrecy and falsification of dates casts doubts about the authenticity of many primary sources ...
Views On Secrecy
... Excessive secrecy is often cited as a source of much human conflict ... One may have to lie in order to hold a secret, which might lead to psychological repercussions ...
Secrecy (disambiguation)
... Secrecy is the practice of sharing information among a group of people, which can be as small as one person, while hiding it from all others ... Secrecy may also refer to Secrecy (book), a 1998 novel by Belva Plain Secrecy (film), a 2008 documentary film ...
Secrecies - Technology Secrecy
... The latter depends on the secrecy of cryptographic keys ... Secrecy is central to organized crime ...

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Famous quotes containing the word secrecy:

    Cruelty has a Human Heart,
    And jealousy a Human Face;
    Terror the Human Form Divine,
    And secrecy the Human Dress.
    William Blake (1757–1827)

    Nowadays the host does not admit you to his hearth, but has got the mason to build one for yourself somewhere in his alley, and hospitality is the art of keeping you at the greatest distance. There is as much secrecy about the cooking as if he had a design to poison you.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)