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 error or evil, and in the adaptation of means to ends; prudent; sagacious; judicious; not rash or heedless; cautious. [1913 Webster]

It is the discreet man, not the witty, nor the learned, nor the brave, who guides the conversation, and gives measures to society. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Satire 's my weapon, but I 'm too discreet To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The sea is silent, the sea is discreet. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. Differing; distinct. [Obs.] --Spenser. -- {Dis*creet"ly}, adv. -- {Dis*creet"ness}, n.

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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