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Synonyms

secret

adjective

deliberately not told to other people, or kept hidden from other people

secretive

adjective

deliberately not telling people things

surreptitious

adjective

done or made secretly, so that others will not notice

clandestine

adjective

formal secret and often illegal

in secret

without anyone else knowing

mysterious

adjective

keeping things secret, especially in a way that makes other people want to discover what they are

confidential

adjective

confidential documents or information must be kept secret

shadowy

adjective

mysterious and secret, or not understood

classified

adjective

classified information is officially secret and allowed to be known by only a few people connected with the government or armed forces

secret

adjective

not known about by many people

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back-alley

adjective

mainly American backstreet

backdoor

adjective

secret and usually dishonest or illegal

backroom

adjective

used for describing work that is important but is done in a private or secret way, or the people who do this work

backstairs

adjective

informal secret and usually dishonest or illegal

backstreet

adjective

done secretly or illegally by people who are not very skilful

behind closed doors

in a place where other people cannot see or know what is happening

behind the scenes

secretly rather than publicly

be shrouded in secrecy/mystery

to be very secret or mysterious

by/through the back door

using secret or dishonest methods to achieve something, and hoping that people do not realize what is happening

cagey

adjective

informal not saying much about something, because you do not want people to know very much

cloak-and-dagger

adjective

involving mystery or secrets

closed

adjective

held in private, with no journalists or members of the public allowed

closed-door

adjective

held in private, with no journalists or members of the public allowed in

close-mouthed

adjective

not saying anything about a subject because you want to keep it secret

closet

adjective

keeping your beliefs or activities secret

confidential

adjective

showing that what you are going to say must be kept secret

confidentially

adverb

if you tell someone something confidentially, you tell them in secret, trusting that they will not tell anyone else

conspiratorial

adjective

relating to a secret plan by a group of people to do something bad or illegal, especially in politics

conspiratorial

adjective

showing that you share knowledge of a secret with someone

covert

adjective

secret

front

adjective

intended to hide an illegal or secret activity

furtive

adjective

done quickly and secretly to avoid being noticed

furtive

adjective

behaving in a way that makes people think you do not want to be noticed

guarded

adjective

not giving much information because you do not want someone to know everything about something

hole-and-corner

adjective

done in a secret and perhaps dishonest way

hush-hush

adjective

used for talking about official activities that very few people should know about

in confidence

if you tell someone something in confidence, you tell them something secret or private and you trust them not to tell anyone else

inner

adjective

private, personal, or secret

in private

in a place or situation where other people cannot watch or listen

inside

adjective

only known by people who belong to a particular organization or group

in someone’s heart (of hearts)

used for talking about true or secret feelings

intimate

adjective

relating to very private or personal things

inwardly

adverb

in a secret or hidden way that is not obvious to other people

mysterious

adjective

full of secrets

need-to-know

adjective

used for describing the principle that secret information will only be given to people who need it to do a particular job

non-committal

adjective

not saying what you think or what you plan to do

on the q.t.

without other people knowing or realizing

on the quiet

without telling anyone

on the sly

done secretly, especially because you know you should not be doing it

on/to one side

if you take someone to one side, you talk to them away from other people because you want to say something private to them

private

adjective

used about places or situations where other people cannot see or hear you

private

adjective

a private person does not talk to other people about their personal life and their feelings

privately

adverb

in a place where no other people can see or hear you

privileged

adjective

legal privileged information is secret and does not have to be discussed in court

the recesses of something

the parts of your mind or feelings that you keep hidden from other people

secret

adjective

used for describing someone who does something in secret

secret

adjective

informal deliberately not telling people things

secretly

adverb

in a way that involves doing something without telling other people

secretly

adverb

if you feel something secretly, you feel a particular way but do not admit it

sensitive

adjective

needing to be kept secret

shady

adjective

secret and probably dishonest or illegal

sneaky

adjective

doing or saying things secretly, often in a dishonest or unfair way. This word shows that you dislike people and behaviour like this

stealthy

adjective

quiet and secret so that no one sees or hears you

surreptitiously

adverb

in a secret way, so that others will not notice

tight-lipped

adjective

mainly journalism refusing to comment on something, especially to journalists

top secret

adjective

containing or involving very important and secret information, especially information that might affect a government

undercover

adjective

working or done secretly in order to catch criminals, get secret information etc

underground

adverb

in or to a secret place away from the police or other authorities

underground

adjective

secret and usually illegal

underhand

adjective

British secret and dishonest

under the counter

bought or sold secretly and illegally

under-the-counter

adjective

bought or sold secretly or illegally

unidentified

adjective

deliberately not named

veiled in secrecy/mystery

not known about by many people

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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