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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISCREET

I can see that they are very wise and discreet folk at Beaulieu.

But what will they say of Virgil; the wise, the discreet Virgil?

One and all swore to be faithful and discreet—and so they proved.

Indeed, you shall tell me all about it someday; you know I'm discreet!

Colonel Hofferman paused: de Loubersac kept a discreet silence.

We acknowledge that some are discreet, some foolish, and that some are mad?

She was a wise and discreet lady and assisted her husband to govern his dominions.

He only smiled with discreet politeness and inquired about the Queen.

"They were most discreet in their observations," remarked Daly, significantly.

If Harding knew—and I 'm not sure that he did—he was too discreet to tell.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "morally discerning, prudent, circumspect," from Old French discret "discreet, sensible, intelligent, wise," from Latin discretus "separated, distinct," in Medieval Latin "discerning, careful," past participle of discernere "distinguish" (see discern). Meaning "separate, distinct" in English is late 14c.

Spellings discrete and nativized discreet co-existed until after c.1600, when discreet became the common word for "careful, prudent," and discrete was maintained in philosophy, medicine, music and other disciplines that remembered Latin and made effort to obey it. Related: Discreetly.

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