discreet


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dis·creet

 (dĭ-skrēt′)
adj.
1. Possessed of, exercising, or showing prudence and self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect: The teacher was discreet in discussing the student's behavior. We followed him but kept a discreet distance.
2. Made, done, or situated so as to attract little notice: made a discreet exit out the back door; lovers seeking a discreet place to meet.

[Middle English, from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin, past participle of discernere, to separate, discern; see discern.]

dis·creet′ly adv.
dis·creet′ness n.

discreet

(dɪˈskriːt)
adj
1. careful to avoid social embarrassment or distress, esp by keeping confidences secret; tactful
2. unobtrusive
[C14: from Old French discret, from Medieval Latin discrētus, from Latin discernere to discern]
disˈcreetly adv
disˈcreetness n
Usage: Avoid confusion with discrete

dis•creet

(dɪˈskrit)

adj.
judicious in one's conduct or speech, esp. with regard to keeping silent about a delicate matter.
[1325–75; Middle English discret < Anglo-French, Old French < Medieval Latin discrētus, Latin: separated, past participle of discernere]
dis•creet′ly, adv.
dis•creet′ness, n.
syn: See careful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.discreet - marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint; "his trusted discreet aide"; "a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace"
indiscreet - lacking discretion; injudicious; "her behavior was indiscreet at the very best"
2.discreet - unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic; "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"
tactful - having or showing a sense of what is fitting and considerate in dealing with others; "she was tactful enough not to shatter his illusion"; "a tactful remark eased her embarrassment"
3.discreet - heedful of potential consequences; "circumspect actions"; "physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use"; "a discreet investor"
prudent - careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment; "a prudent manager"; "prudent rulers"; "prudent hesitation"; "more prudent to hide than to fight"

discreet

discreet

adjective
1. Showing sensitivity and skill in dealing with others:
2. Kept within sensible limits:
Translations
حَكيم، رَزين، حَذِر
diskrétnímlčenlivýrozvážný
diskret
hienotunteinenhienovarainenhillittytahdikas
diszkréttapintatostitoktartó
òagmælskur
diskretiškasdiskretiškumasnuožiūrataktiškumas
apdomīgsdiskrētspiesardzīgs
ağzı sıkıölçülütemkinli

discreet

[dɪsˈkriːt] ADJ [person, inquiry, decor, uniform] → discreto
at a discreet distancea una distancia prudencial

discreet

[dɪˈskriːt] adj
(= diplomatic) [person] → discret/ète; [remark] → discret/ète
She's making a few discreet inquiries → Elle enquête discrètement.
to be discreet about sth → être discret/ète à propos de qch
at a discreet distance → à une distance respectueuse
(= understated) [decor, appearance, place, jewellery] → discret/ète

discreet

adjdiskret; inquirydiskret, taktvoll; accounttaktvoll; eleganceunaufdringlich; jewellery, tie, dress, decorationdezent; at a discreet distancein einer diskreten Entfernung; to maintain a discreet presenceeine unauffällige Präsenz aufrechterhalten; to keep or maintain a discreet silencediskret schweigen; to be discreet about somethingetw diskret behandeln

discreet

[dɪsˈkriːt] adjdiscreto/a

discreet

(diˈskriːt) adjective
wise, cautious and not saying anything which might cause trouble. My secretary won't let the secret out – she's very discreet.
diˈscreetness noun
diˈscretion (-ˈskre-) noun
1. discreetness. A secretary needs discretion and tact.
2. personal judgement. I leave the arrangements entirely to your discretion; The money will be distributed at the discretion of the management.

discreet

a. discreto-a, prudente.
References in classic literature ?
Amy preserved a discreet silence, but there was a conscious look in her downcast face that made Laurie sit up and say gravely, "Now I'm going to play brother, and ask questions.
Some of them, after they came to town, remained as serious and as discreet in behaviour as they had been when they ploughed and herded on their father's farm.
But Cora Munro is a maiden too discreet, and of a mind too elevated and improved, to need the guardianship even of a father.
Possessing very distinctive traits of their own, they nevertheless took the general characteristics of the little community in which they dwelt; a town noted for its frugal, discreet, well-ordered, and home-loving inhabitants, as well as for the somewhat confined scope of its sympathies; but in which, be it said, there are odder individuals, and, now and then, stranger occurrences, than one meets with almost anywhere else.
Bird was a discreet woman,--a woman who never in her life said, "I told you so
All right, Clarence; now tell this lad here that I'm a friend of yours and a dead-head; and that he must be discreet and say nothing about this visit of mine.
He went out the back way and wandered down the obscure lane grieving, and wondering if any course of future conduct, however discreet and carefully perfected and watched over, could win back his uncle's favor and persuade him to reconstruct once more that generous will which had just gone to ruin before his eyes.
Moreover, he wanted to assure himself that Huck had remained discreet.
It was rather too late in the day to set about being simpleminded and ignorant; but she left her with every previous resolution confirmed of being humble and discreet, and repressing imagination all the rest of her life.
She performed her promise of being discreet, to admiration.
And," she added, "I am obliged to you for your valuable services and discreet conduct
To this point he has been discreet in dreading to provoke me; you must represent the peril of quitting that policy, and remind him of my passionate temper, verging, when kindled, on frenzy.