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Secret vs. Riddle

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Secretnoun

Knowledge that is hidden and intended to be kept hidden.

‘Can you keep a secret? So can I.’;

Riddlenoun

A verbal puzzle, mystery, or other problem of an intellectual nature.

‘Here's a riddle: It's black, and white, and red all over. What is it?’;

Secretnoun

Something not understood or known.

Riddlenoun

An ancient verbal, poetic, or literary form, in which, rather than a rhyme scheme, there are parallel opposing expressions with a hidden meaning.

Secretnoun

The genital organs.

Riddlenoun

A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand.

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Secretadjective

Being or kept hidden.

‘We went down a secret passage.’;

Riddlenoun

A board with a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.

Secretadjective

(obsolete) Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded.

Riddlenoun

(obsolete) A curtain; bed-curtain

Secretadjective

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

Riddlenoun

(religious) One of the pair of curtains enclosing an altar on the north and south

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Secretadjective

(obsolete) Separate; distinct.

Riddleverb

To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.

Secretverb

(transitive) To make or keep secret.

Riddleverb

(transitive) To solve, answer, or explicate a riddle or question.

‘Riddle me this.’;

Secretverb

(transitive) To hide secretly.

‘He was so scared for his safety he secreted arms around the house.’;

Riddleverb

To put something through a riddle or sieve, to sieve, to sift.

‘You have to riddle the gravel before you lay it on the road.’;

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Secretadjective

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.’;

Riddleverb

To fill with holes like a riddle.

‘The shots from his gun began to riddle the targets.’;

Secretadjective

Withdrawn from general intercourse or notice; in retirement or secrecy; secluded.

‘There, secret in her sapphire cell,He with the Naïs wont to dwell.’;

Riddleverb

To fill or spread throughout; to pervade.

‘Your argument is riddled with errors.’;

Secretadjective

Faithful to a secret; not inclined to divulge or betray confidence; secretive.

‘Secret Romans, that have spoke the word,And will not palter.’;

Riddleverb

To plait

Secretadjective

Separate; distinct.

‘They suppose two other divine hypostases superior thereunto, which were perfectly secret from matter.’;

Riddlenoun

A sieve with coarse meshes, usually of wire, for separating coarser materials from finer, as chaff from grain, cinders from ashes, or gravel from sand.

Secretnoun

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.’;

Riddlenoun

A board having a row of pins, set zigzag, between which wire is drawn to straighten it.

Secretnoun

A thing not discovered; what is unknown or unexplained; a mystery.

‘All secrets of the deep, all nature's works.’;

Riddlenoun

Something proposed to be solved by guessing or conjecture; a puzzling question; an ambiguous proposition; an enigma; hence, anything ambiguous or puzzling.

‘To wring from me, and tell to them, my secret,That solved the riddle which I had proposed.’; ‘'T was a strange riddle of a lady.’;

Secretnoun

The parts which modesty and propriety require to be concealed; the genital organs.

‘Bread eaten in secret is pleasant.’;

Riddleverb

To separate, as grain from the chaff, with a riddle; to pass through a riddle; as, riddle wheat; to riddle coal or gravel.

Secretverb

To keep secret.

Riddleverb

To perforate so as to make like a riddle; to make many holes in; as, a house riddled with shot.

Secretnoun

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’;

Riddleverb

To explain; to solve; to unriddle.

‘Riddle me this, and guess him if you can.’;

Secretnoun

information known only to a special group;

‘the secret of Cajun cooking’;

Riddleverb

To speak ambiguously or enigmatically.

Secretnoun

something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained;

‘how it got out is a mystery’; ‘it remains one of nature's secrets’;

Riddlenoun

a difficult problem

Secretadjective

not open or public; kept private or not revealed;

‘a secret formula’; ‘secret ingredients’; ‘secret talks’;

Riddlenoun

a coarse sieve (as for gravel)

Secretadjective

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’;

Riddleverb

pierce many times;

‘The bullets riddled his body’;

Secretadjective

not openly made known;

‘a secret marriage’; ‘a secret bride’;

Riddleverb

set a difficult problem or riddle;

‘riddle me a riddle’;

Secretadjective

communicated covertly;

‘their a secret signal was a wink’; ‘secret messages’;

Riddleverb

separate with a riddle, as grain from chaff

Secretadjective

not expressed;

‘secret (or private) thoughts’;

Riddleverb

speak in riddles

Secretadjective

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’;

Riddleverb

explain a riddle

Secretadjective

hidden from general view or use;

‘a privy place to rest and think’; ‘a secluded romantic spot’; ‘a secret garden’;

Riddle

A riddle is a statement, question or phrase having a double or veiled meaning, put forth as a puzzle to be solved. Riddles are of two types: enigmas, which are problems generally expressed in metaphorical or allegorical language that require ingenuity and careful thinking for their solution, and conundra, which are questions relying for their effects on punning in either the question or the answer.

Secretadjective

(of information) given in confidence or in secret;

‘closet information’; ‘this arrangement must be kept confidential’; ‘their secret communications’;

Secretadjective

indulging only covertly;

‘a closet alcoholic’; ‘closet liberals’;

Secretadjective

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’;

Secretadjective

the next to highest level of official classification for documents

Secretadjective

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’;

Secretadjective

not meant to be known as such by others

‘a secret drinker’;

Secretadjective

fond of or good at keeping things about oneself unknown

‘he can be the most secret man’;

Secretnoun

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’;

Secretnoun

something that is not properly understood; a mystery

‘I'm not trying to explain the secrets of the universe in this book’;

Secretnoun

a valid but not commonly known or recognized method of achieving or maintaining something

‘the secret of a happy marriage is compromise’;

Secretnoun

a prayer said by the priest in a low voice after the offertory in a Roman Catholic Mass.

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