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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISCREETNESS

Discreetness, therefore, was instructed to reign at the Abbey.

After all, you know, I think that discreetness is just talk.

Would they be boilin' us the night wid the discreetness of 'em?

You were discreetness itself, and the man you called Barney was a capital actor, and a rare good fellow too.

You may depend upon me to be discreetness itself, at least until after Dick has been safely shipped.

Milray seemed to feel the note of discreetness in her laugh, and he asked, smiling, "How old did you tell me you were?"

They were fine and edifying in parts, but lacked the discreetness and holding back I always find in Mr. Plutarch.

You have not taken the discreetness I have shown into consideration, although you were interested in remaining silent.

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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