- n. 秘密；秘诀；机密
- adj. 秘密的；机密的
- n. (Secret)人名；(法)塞克雷
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来自拉丁语 secretus,分开的，隐藏的，过去分词格于 secernere,分开，隐藏，来自 se-,分开， cernere,分开，词源同 crisis,discern,critical.后形容词过名词使用，引申诸相关词义。
- secret:  Etymologically, something that is secret is ‘separated’ from others, hence put out of the way, hidden. The word comes via Old French secret from Latin sēcrētus, an adjectival use of the past participle of sēcernere ‘separate’. This was a compound verb formed from the prefix sē- ‘apart’ and cernere ‘separate’ (source also of English certain, discern, excrement, etc).
From the 16th to the 18th centuries, secret was used as a verb, meaning ‘hide’, but it was then altered to secrete, on the model of Latin sēcrētus. (The other verb secrete, ‘produce fluids or other substances’ , is a back-formation from secretion , which goes back to Latin sēcrētiō ‘separation’, a derivative of sēcernere.) A secretary is etymologically a ‘secret’ or confidential helper.
=> certain, decree, discern, excrement, secretary
- secret (v.)
- "to keep secret" (described in OED as "obsolete"), 1590s, from secret (n.). Related: Secreted; secreting.
- secret (n.)
- late 14c., from Latin secretus "set apart, withdrawn; hidden, concealed, private," past participle of secernere "to set apart, part, divide; exclude," from se- "without, apart," properly "on one's own" (see se-) + cernere "separate" (see crisis).
As an adjective from late 14c., from French secret, adjective use of noun. Open secret is from 1828. Secret agent first recorded 1715; secret service is from 1737; secret weapon is from 1936.
- 1. The word "secretary" comes from the same Latin root as the word "secret".
- 2. It's an open secret that the security service bugged telephones.
- 3. The nature of the polymer is currently a trade secret.
- 4. He's accused of misusing $17.5 million from a secret government slush fund.
- 5. The exact locations are being kept secret for reasons of security.
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