Origin of discretion
Examples from the Web for discretion
The town of Paradise told parents that trick-or-treating was “at your discretion.”
The overriding theme of the hundreds of interviews Newman had granted is his discretion.
And so we get policies where parents are given no discretion over whether or not to keep their kids home.
How from now on we were going to be seeing in Prince Harry nothing but a model of discretion, seriousness and best behaviour?
This fact was revealed with a flourish during a Life Lesson on the importance of discretion, which is a story for another day.
The Tarthan swordsman, well up on the principles of discretion, felt a sudden urge to be quit of this locality.Quest of the Golden Ape|Ivar Jorgensen
His landlady interrupted his gaze to know what he would have for dinner, but he declined to use any discretion in the matter.Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
I never gave Jock credit for discretion, but, faith, he seems to have gone with a keen eye to the market for once in his life!Gilian The Dreamer|Neil Munro
Her blood was up now; anger had got the better of discretion.The Slave of Silence|Fred M. White
Discretion is a quality of the heart—solely a quality of the heart; it acts upon us through feeling.Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc|Mark Twain
British Dictionary definitions for discretion
Word Origin and History for discretion
c.1300, dyscrecyun, "moral discernment," from Old French discrecion or directly from Late Latin discretionem (nominative discretio) "discernment, power to make distinctions," in classical Latin "separation, distinction," noun of state from past participle stem of discernere "to separate, distinguish" (see discern). Phrase at (one's) discretion attested from 1570s, from sense of "power to decide or judge" (late 14c.); the age of discretion (late 14c.) in English law was 14.
Idioms and Phrases with discretion
In addition to the idiom beginning with discretion
- discretion is the better part of valor
- throw caution (discretion) to the winds