Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun secret

3 senses of secret

Sense 1
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")
       => information, info -- (a message received and understood)

Sense 2
secret, arcanum -- (information known only to a special group; "the secret of Cajun cooking")
       => information, info -- (a message received and understood)

Sense 3
mystery, enigma, secret, closed book -- (something that baffles understanding and cannot be explained; "how it got out is a mystery"; "it remains one of nature's secrets")
       => perplexity -- (trouble or confusion resulting from complexity)

Antonyms of adj secret

11 senses of secret

Sense 1
secret -- (not open or public; kept private or not revealed; "a secret formula"; "secret ingredients"; "secret talks")

INDIRECT (VIA concealed) -> unconcealed -- (not concealed or hidden; "her unconcealed hostility poisoned the atmosphere"; "watched with unconcealed curiosity")

Sense 2
clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner (prenominal), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA covert) -> overt, open -- (open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots")

Sense 3
unavowed, secret -- (not openly made known; "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride")

INDIRECT (VIA unacknowledged) -> acknowledged -- (recognized or made known or admitted; "the acknowledged leader of the community"; "a woman of acknowledged accomplishments"; "his acknowledged error")

Sense 4
secret -- (communicated covertly; "their secret signal was a wink"; "secret messages")

INDIRECT (VIA covert) -> overt, open -- (open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots")

Sense 5
secret, private -- (not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts")

INDIRECT (VIA inward) -> outward -- (relating to physical reality rather than with thoughts or the mind; "a concern with outward beauty rather than with inward reflections")

Sense 6
hidden, 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")

INDIRECT (VIA concealed) -> unconcealed -- (not concealed or hidden; "her unconcealed hostility poisoned the atmosphere"; "watched with unconcealed curiosity")

Sense 7
privy, secluded, secret -- (hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden")

INDIRECT (VIA private) -> public -- (not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole; "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures")

Sense 8
confidential, secret -- ((of information) given in confidence or in secret; "this arrangement must be kept confidential"; "their secret communications")

INDIRECT (VIA private) -> public -- (not private; open to or concerning the people as a whole; "the public good"; "public libraries"; "public funds"; "public parks"; "a public scandal"; "public gardens"; "performers and members of royal families are public figures")

Sense 9
secret -- (indulging only covertly; "a secret alcoholic")

INDIRECT (VIA covert) -> overt, open -- (open and observable; not secret or hidden; "an overt lie"; "overt hostility"; "overt intelligence gathering"; "open ballots")

Sense 10
mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, secret, orphic -- (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")

INDIRECT (VIA esoteric) -> exoteric -- (suitable for the general public; "writings of an exoteric nature")

Sense 11
secret -- (the next to highest level of official classification for documents)

INDIRECT (VIA classified) -> unclassified -- (not subject to a security classification)

Similarity of adj secret

11 senses of secret

Sense 1
secret -- (not open or public; kept private or not revealed; "a secret formula"; "secret ingredients"; "secret talks")
       => concealed (vs. unconcealed) -- (hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase")

Sense 2
clandestine, cloak-and-dagger, hole-and-corner (prenominal), hugger-mugger, hush-hush, secret, surreptitious, undercover, underground -- (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")
       => covert (vs. overt) -- (secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels")

Sense 3
unavowed, secret -- (not openly made known; "a secret marriage"; "a secret bride")
       => unacknowledged (vs. acknowledged) -- (not recognized or admitted)

Sense 4
secret -- (communicated covertly; "their secret signal was a wink"; "secret messages")
       => covert (vs. overt) -- (secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels")

Sense 5
secret, private -- (not expressed; "secret (or private) thoughts")
       => inward (vs. outward) -- (relating to or existing in the mind or thoughts; "a concern with inward reflections")

Sense 6
hidden, 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")
       => concealed (vs. unconcealed) -- (hidden on any grounds for any motive; "a concealed weapon"; "a concealed compartment in his briefcase")

Sense 7
privy, secluded, secret -- (hidden from general view or use; "a privy place to rest and think"; "a secluded romantic spot"; "a secret garden")
       => private (vs. public) -- (confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life")

Sense 8
confidential, secret -- ((of information) given in confidence or in secret; "this arrangement must be kept confidential"; "their secret communications")
       => private (vs. public) -- (confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy; "a private place"; "private discussions"; "private lessons"; "a private club"; "a private secretary"; "private property"; "the former President is now a private citizen"; "public figures struggle to maintain a private life")

Sense 9
secret -- (indulging only covertly; "a secret alcoholic")
       => covert (vs. overt) -- (secret or hidden; not openly practiced or engaged in or shown or avowed; "covert actions by the CIA"; "covert funding for the rebels")

Sense 10
mysterious, mystic, mystical, occult, secret, orphic -- (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")
       => esoteric (vs. exoteric) -- (confined to and understandable by only an enlightened inner circle; "a compilation of esoteric philosophical theories")

Sense 11
secret -- (the next to highest level of official classification for documents)
       => classified (vs. unclassified) -- (official classification of information or documents; withheld from general circulation; "thousands of classified documents have now been declassified")

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