discreet

01. He was not very [discreet] about his affair with his secretary, so it's not surprising that his wife found out.
02. He made some [discreet] enquiries about the company before accepting the position.
03. The detective followed the suspect at a [discreet] distance.
04. Security personnel are armed, though [discreetly], so as not to alarm our customers.
05. You need to use more [discretion] when you raise concerns about the work done by your colleagues.
06. Many of the most expensive houses in this area are hidden [discreetly] behind trees or hedges.
07. The mother [discreetly] motioned to her son to sit down.
08. He winked [discreetly] at his girlfriend during the supper.
09. Democritus once stated that the pride of youth is in strength and beauty; the pride of old age is in [discretion].
10. Author Philip Roth once remarked that [discretion] is, unfortunately, not for novelists.
11. Cicero once suggested that great is our admiration of the orator who speaks with fluency and [discretion].
12. Her make-up is quite [discreet], with the result that you don't really notice that she has any on.
13. Leonard is very [discreet] about his love life, so most of the people here are unaware that he is gay.
14. The personal ad asked for interested men to send a letter and a photo, and said that [discretion] was assured.
15. I appreciate your [discretion] in helping me deal with my alcohol problem.
16. Students who get a mark which is within one percent of the minimum may be passed at the [discretion] of the instructor.
17. The job of students in our present school system is restricted to carrying out duties which require little decision-making or [discretionary] judgment.
18. The police have certain [discretionary] powers when dealing with petty criminals.
19. Would it be [indiscrete] of me to leave in the middle of the marriage ceremony?
20. The Education Minister's [indiscretion] in criticizing the party leader may well cost him his job.
21. This program contains scenes of violence which may disturb some people. Viewer [discretion] is advised.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.

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  • Discreet — Dis*creet , a. [Compar. {Discreeter}; superl. {Discreetest}.] [F. discret, L. discretus separated (whence the meaning reserved, prudent), p. p. of discernere. See {Discern}, and cf. {Discrete}.] 1. Possessed of discernment, especially in avoiding …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • discreet — mid 14c., morally discerning, prudent, circumspect, from O.Fr. discret discreet, sensible, intelligent, wise, from L. discretus separated, distinct, in M.L. discerning, careful, pp. of discernere distinguish (see DISCERN (Cf. discern)). Meaning… …   Etymology dictionary

  • discreet — discreet, discrete have the same origin in the Latin verb discernere meaning ‘to sift’, but their meanings are very different. Discreet means ‘circumspect in speech or action’, can be used of people or things, and is common as an adverb… …   Modern English usage

  • discreet — ► ADJECTIVE (discreeter, discreetest) ▪ careful not to attract attention or give offence. DERIVATIVES discreetly adverb. USAGE The words discrete and discreet are often confused. Discrete means ‘separate’ (a discrete unit) …   English terms dictionary

  • discreet — I adjective astute, calculating, careful, cautious, cautus, chary, circumspect, consideratus, deliberate, diplomatic, discerning, discretional, discretionary, discriminate, discriminating, discriminative, distinguishing, forethoughtful, guarded,… …   Law dictionary

  • discreet — prudent, forethoughtful, foresighted, provident (see under PRUDENCE) Analogous words: *cautious, circumspect, wary: politic, diplomatic (see SUAVE) Antonyms: indiscreet Contrasted words: rash, reckless, foolhardy (see ADVENTUROUS): foolish,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • discreet — [adj] cautious, sensible alert, attentive, awake, cagey, calculating, careful, chary, circumspect, civil, conservative, considerate, controlled, diplomatic, discerning, discriminating, gingerly, guarded, having foresight, heedful, intelligent,… …   New thesaurus

  • discreet — [di skrēt′] adj. [ME & OFr discret < L discretus, pp. of discernere: see DISCERN] careful about what one says or does; prudent; esp., keeping silent or preserving confidences when necessary SYN. CAREFUL discreetly adv. discreetness n …   English World dictionary

  • discreet — [[t]dɪskri͟ːt[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If you are discreet, you are polite and careful in what you do or say, because you want to avoid embarrassing or offending someone. They were gossipy and not always discreet... He followed at a discreet distance.… …   English dictionary

  • discreet — di|screet [dıˈskri:t] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: discret, from Latin discretus, past participle of discernere; DISCERN] 1.) careful about what you say or do, so that you do not offend, upset, or embarrass people or tell secrets ≠… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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