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Prívacy. n.s. [from private.]

  1. State of being secret; secrecy.

  2. Retirement; retreat.

    Clamours our privacies uneasy made,
    Birds leave their nests distrub'd, and beasts their haunts forsake.
    Dryden.

  3. [Privauté, Fr.] Privity; joint knowledge; great familiarity. Privacy in this sense is improper.

    You see Frog is religiously true to his bargain, scorns to hearken to any composition without your privacy. Arbuthnot.

  4. Taciturnity.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Dryden, John (788)

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