Private and Secret


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Private adjective – Not known or meant to be known by the general populace.
Usage example: that he is planning to retire is private information until he makes a public announcement

Secret is a synonym for private in intimate topic. In some cases you can use "Secret" instead the word "Private" as an adjective or an adverb or a noun, when it comes to topics like confidential, secluded, personal, property. popular alternative
Nearby Words: privation, privately, privacy, privative, privateer
Synonyms for Private


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Secret adjective – Undertaken or done so as to escape being observed or known by others.
Usage example: a secret operation to rescue captive soldiers behind enemy lines

Private is a synonym for secret in intimate topic. You can use "Private" instead the word "Secret" as an adjective or an adverb or a noun, if it concerns topics such as confidential, show, secluded, restricted. popular alternative
Nearby Words: secretive, secrecy, secreted, secretly, secretary
Synonyms for Secret

How words are described

old old private old secret
public public private public secret
single single private single secret
actual actual private actual secret
Other adjectives: new, military, last, eponymous.

Things that words describes

force private force secret force
meeting private meeting secret meeting
area private area secret area
place private place secret place
Other nouns: organization, series, army, room, vault, information, agency, rooms, message, stash, messages, wars.

Both words in one sentence

  • Laurie and Jon's relationship is public, with no privacy, physical intimacy or affection, while HJ and Nelly's was secret and private, and the two men are obviously very intimate with each other.
  • The Beard It also gives Alan Spousal Privilege, meaning that anything Denny tells Alan can remain secret/private as Alan cannot then be forced to reveal it in court.
    Source: The Beard
  • Gambit Roulette While the two major players of the game, SEELE and Gendo had private, secret agendas which ultimately failed, everything occurred just as planned by a very hidden player, Yui Ikari.
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