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Liturgy a variable prayer, part of the Mass, said by the celebrant after the offertory and before the preface
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exclaimed she, in a rather louder tone than would have been necessary to preserve secrecy.
The best composition and temperature, is to have openness in fame and opinion; secrecy in habit; dissimulation in seasonable use; and a power to feign, if there be no remedy.
I know not what thy foul work may be, but foul it is I know from the secrecy which you have demanded, an' I dare say there will be some who would pay well to learn the whereabouts of the old woman and the child, thy sister and her son you tell me they be, who you are so anxious to hide away in old Til's garret.
True, he had not even hinted at the enormity of the plot in which he was involving the old woman, but, as she had said, his stern commands for secrecy had told enough to arouse her suspicions, and with them her curiosity and cupidity.
Yet he has related the incident herein set down to at least one person without exacting a pledge of secrecy.
These alterations might probably have been set right, had not Master Blifil unluckily insisted on a promise of secrecy from Mr Allworthy before he revealed the matter to him; but by that means the poor gamekeeper was condemned without having an opportunity to defend himself: for as the fact of killing the hare, and of the action brought, were certainly true, Mr Allworthy had no doubt concerning the rest.
And what was once called the secret and secrecy of profound souls, belongeth to-day to the street-trumpeters and other butterflies.
This end, conceived in the astuteness of her uneasy heart, the old woman had pursued with secrecy and determination.
Her object attained in astute secrecy, the heroic old woman had made a clean breast of it to Mrs Verloc.
His strained, extinct voice invested his utterance with a character of vehement secrecy.
Global Banking News-November 16, 2015--Indian PM calls for an end to banking secrecy
Should state secrecy, such as classified intelligence programs or closed-door political bargaining be abolished?