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Secret

Not known or seen or not meant to be known or seen by others
How did you guess I'd got a secret plan?
The resupply effort was probably kept secret from Congress
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Mystery

A religious truth that is incomprehensible to reason and knowable only through divine revelation.
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Secret

Something that is kept or meant to be kept unknown or unseen by others
A state secret
At first I tried to keep it a secret from my wife
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Mystery

One that is not fully understood or that baffles or eludes the understanding; an enigma
How he got in is a mystery.
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Secret

Kept hidden from knowledge or view; concealed
A secret identity.
A secret passageway.
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Mystery

One whose identity is unknown and who arouses curiosity
The woman in the photograph is a mystery.
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Secret

Not expressed; inward
Secret desires.
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Mystery

A mysterious character or quality
A landscape with mystery and charm.
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Secret

Given to keeping one's thoughts and activities unknown to others; secretive
"Scrooge ... was secret, and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster" (Charles Dickens).
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Mystery

Something that is a secret
“From the first, some private trouble weighed on his mind, and since he chose to make a mystery of its cause, a biographer is bound to respect his wish” (Henry Adams).
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Secret

Not revealing a secret or not given to revealing secrets
"She boasted ... that he did tell her. But he didn't. He was secret as the grave" (Ruth Prawer Jhabvala).
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Mystery

A work of fiction, such as a novel or a movie, that has a story centered around solving a puzzling crime or mysterious event.
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Secret

Operating in a hidden or confidential manner
A secret commission.
A secret agent.
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Mystery

A nonfictional account of a puzzling crime or mysterious event presented in the manner of a mystery.
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Secret

Containing information, the unauthorized disclosure of which poses a grave threat to national security.
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Mystery

A religious cult practicing secret rites to which only initiates are admitted.
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Secret

Not much visited; secluded
A secret hiding place.
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Mystery

A secret rite of such a cult.
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Secret

Known or shared only by the initiated
Secret rites.
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Mystery

An incident from the life of Jesus, especially the Incarnation, Passion, Crucifixion, or Resurrection, of particular importance for redemption.
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Secret

Beyond ordinary understanding; mysterious
"like Pan, calling out with his flute to come join in on the secret chaos of the world" (Rick Bass).
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Mystery

One of the 15 incidents from the lives of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary, such as the Annunciation or the Ascension, serving in Roman Catholicism as the subject of meditation during recitation of the rosary.
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Secret

Something that is kept out of the knowledge or sight of others or is known only to oneself or a few
Wanted to have no secrets between them.
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Mystery

Also Mystery One of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist.
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Secret

Something that remains beyond understanding or explanation; a mystery
Unlocking the secrets of the atom.
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Mystery

Mysteries The consecrated elements of the Eucharist.
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Secret

A method or formula for doing or making something well, especially when not widely known
The secret of this dish is in the sauce.
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Mystery

Often mysteries The skills, lore, or practices that are peculiar to a particular activity or group and are regarded as the special province of initiates
The mysteries of Freemasonry.
The mysteries of cooking game.
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Secret

Secret A variable prayer said after the Offertory and before the Preface in the Mass.
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Mystery

A mystery play.
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Secret

(countable) A piece of knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden.
"Can you keep a secret?" "Yes." "So can I."
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Mystery

A trade or occupation.
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Secret

The key or principle by which something is made clear; the knack.
The secret to a long-lasting marriage is compromise.
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Mystery

A guild, as of merchants or artisans.
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Secret

Something not understood or known.
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Mystery

Something secret or unexplainable; an unknown.
The truth behind the events remains a mystery.
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Secret

(uncountable) Private seclusion.
The work was done in secret, so that nobody could object.
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Mystery

Someone or something with an obscure or puzzling nature.
That man is a mystery.
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Secret

The genital organs.
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Mystery

(obsolete) A secret or mystical meaning.
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Secret

(historical) A form of steel skullcap.
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Mystery

A religious truth not understandable by the application of human reason alone (without divine aid).
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Secret

Any prayer spoken inaudibly and not aloud; especially, one of the prayers in the Mass, immediately following the "orate, fratres", said inaudibly by the celebrant.
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Mystery

A sacrament.
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Secret

Being or kept hidden.
We went down a secret passage.
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Mystery

A secret religious celebration, admission to which was usually through initiation.
The Eleusinian mysteries
The Mysteries of Mithras
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Secret

(obsolete) Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded.
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Mystery

(Catholicism) A particular event or series of events in the life of Christ.
The second decade of the Rosary concerns the Sorrowful mysteries, such as the crucifixion and the crowning with thorns.
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Secret

(obsolete) Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive, separate, apart.
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Mystery

A craft, art or trade; specifically a guild of craftsmen.
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Secret

(obsolete) Separate; distinct.
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Mystery

A profound secret; something wholly unknown, or something kept cautiously concealed, and therefore exciting curiosity or wonder; something which has not been or can not be explained; hence, specifically, that which is beyond human comprehension.
We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery.
If God should please to reveal unto us this great mystery of the Trinity, or some other mysteries in our holy religion, we should not be able to understand them, unless he would bestow on us some new faculties of the mind.
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Secret

(transitive) To make or keep secret.
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Mystery

A kind of secret religious celebration, to which none were admitted except those who had been initiated by certain preparatory ceremonies; - usually plural; as, the Eleusinian mysteries.
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Secret

(transitive) To hide secretly.
He was so scared for his safety he secreted arms around the house.
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Mystery

The consecrated elements in the eucharist.
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Secret

Hidden; concealed; as, secret treasure; secret plans; a secret vow.
The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us.
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Mystery

Anything artfully made difficult; an enigma.
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Secret

Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded.
There, secret in her sapphire cell,He with the Naïs wont to dwell.
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Mystery

A trade; a handicraft; hence, any business with which one is usually occupied.
Fie upon him, he will discredit our mystery.
And that which is the noblest mysteryBrings to reproach and common infamy.
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Secret

Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive.
Secret Romans, that have spoke the word,And will not palter.
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Mystery

A dramatic representation of a Scriptural subject, often some event in the life of Christ; a dramatic composition of this character; as, the Chester Mysteries, consisting of dramas acted by various craft associations in that city in the early part of the 14th century.
"Mystery plays," so called because acted by craftsmen.
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Secret

Separate; distinct.
They suppose two other divine hypostases superior thereunto, which were perfectly secret from matter.
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Mystery

Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained;
How it got out is a mystery
It remains one of nature's secrets
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Secret

Something studiously concealed; a thing kept from general knowledge; what is not revealed, or not to be revealed.
To tell our own secrets is often folly; to communicate those of others is treachery.
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Mystery

A story about a crime (usually murder) presented as a novel or play or movie
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Secret

A thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a mystery.
All secrets of the deep, all nature's works.
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Secret

The parts which modesty and propriety require to be concealed; the genital organs.
Bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
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Secret

To keep secret.
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Secret

Something that should remain hidden from others (especially information that is not to be passed on);
The combination to the safe was a secret
He tried to keep his drinking a secret
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Secret

Information known only to a special group;
The secret of Cajun cooking
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Secret

Something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained;
How it got out is a mystery
It remains one of nature's secrets
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Secret

Not open or public; kept private or not revealed;
A secret formula
Secret ingredients
Secret talks
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Secret

Conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods;
Clandestine intelligence operations
Cloak-and-dagger activities behind enemy lines
Hole-and-corner intrigue
Secret missions
A secret agent
Secret sales of arms
Surreptitious mobilization of troops
An undercover investigation
Underground resistance
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Secret

Not openly made known;
A secret marriage
A secret bride
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Secret

Communicated covertly;
Their a secret signal was a wink
Secret messages
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Secret

Not expressed;
Secret (or private) thoughts
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Secret

Designed to elude detection;
A hidden room or place of concealment such as a priest hole
A secret passage
The secret compartment in the desk
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Secret

Hidden from general view or use;
A privy place to rest and think
A secluded romantic spot
A secret garden
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Secret

(of information) given in confidence or in secret;
Closet information
This arrangement must be kept confidential
Their secret communications
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Secret

Indulging only covertly;
A closet alcoholic
Closet liberals
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Secret

Having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence; beyond ordinary understanding;
Mysterious symbols
The mystical style of Blake
Occult lore
The secret learning of the ancients
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Secret

The next to highest level of official classification for documents
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