I take pride in being honest, sincere, compassionate, funny, discreet and friendly.
The sex scene between April and Mr. B. is a montage of discreet close-ups.
Though Billings was discreet about his sexual orientation, it was well known throughout Washington.
Few would disagree that Charles's greatest personal challenge is to become as discreet as his mother.
Her demure Cartier tiara—if a little crown of diamonds can ever be discreet—exuded youth and ease.
A kiss on the mouth must of itself be discreet when bestowed on youth by such venerable years as are yours.
But what will they say of Virgil; the wise, the discreet Virgil?
And the discreet Janet, comprehending Hilda, had not even mentioned this fact to the rest of the family.
One and all swore to be faithful and discreet—and so they proved.
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.