“The pope is a discreet person,” said papal spokesman Federico Lombardi on Tuesday.
I take pride in being honest, sincere, compassionate, funny, discreet and friendly.
On topics where Petraeus wishes to be discreet, Broadwell is discreet.
She then rented a car, donned dark sunglasses, sat a discreet distance away, and watched as her ex drove up to his house.
The sex scene between April and Mr. B. is a montage of discreet close-ups.
A kiss on the mouth must of itself be discreet when bestowed on youth by such venerable years as are yours.
I could wish that I were with you, that you might become moderate and discreet in your grief.
And the discreet Janet, comprehending Hilda, had not even mentioned this fact to the rest of the family.
The door, contrary to Tait's discreet, usual habit, had been left open.
The officers of the law were too discreet to permit that to be done.
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.