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Definition informed about something secret or not generally known

More rarely, privy can refer to a hidden place, outhouse, or toilet.
  • privy to the details of the conspiracy
  • It is difficult to vote wisely when I am not privy to all of the intelligence reports.
  • You think none but your sheets are privy to your wishes.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • ... and to the marriage Her nurse is privy:
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • privy = informed about something secret
  • A gander who had been privy to the plot had confessed his guilt to Squealer and immediately committed suicide by swallowing deadly nightshade berries.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • privy = informed about something secret
  • college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • privy = informed (about something secret)
  • He called on a number of old family friends who still lived there, and from their answers to his queries, Chris pieced together the facts of his father's previous marriage and subsequent divorce, facts to which he hadn't been privy.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • privy = informed
  • And then anon that damosel picked her away privily, that no man wist where she was become.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • Perhaps we should speak more privily, Your Grace?
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • And then privily he wrote unto her letters and ballads of the most goodliest that were used in those days.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • But there Sir Launcelot was lodged privily by the means of Sir Lavaine with a rich burgess, that no man in that town was ware what they were.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Come, let us go somewhere we can speak more privily.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • And then he let ordain privily a little vessel, and therein they went, Sir Tristram, Kehydius, Dame Bragwaine, and Gouvernail, Sir Tristram's squire.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • But when Galahad saw there would none turn again he stole away privily, so that none wist where he was become.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • But there Sir Launcelot was lodged privily by the means of Sir Lavaine with a rich burgess, that no man in that town was ware what they were.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II
  • And privily about midnight Sir Percivale came to Aglovale's squire and said: Arise and make thee ready, for ye and I will ride away secretly.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur
  • 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • And when Sir Palamides had received this fall, wit ye well that he was sore ashamed, and as privily as he might he withdrew him out of the field.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume I
  • Then said Sir Dinadan privily unto Sir Tristram: Sir, that is Sir Launcelot du Lake that spake unto you first, and the other is my lord King Arthur.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D'Arthur

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