• WordNet 3.6
    • n discreetness subtly skillful handling of a situation
    • n discreetness knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress "the servants showed great tact and discretion"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n discreetness The quality of being discreet; discretion.
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  • Mark Twain
    “We are discreet sheep; we wait to see how the drove is going, and then go with the drove.”
  • Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley
    “Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious.”
  • The Talmud
    The Talmud
    “Thy friend has a friend, and thy friend's friend has a friend; be discreet.”


In literature:

There was a knock at the study door, discreet, insistent, menacing, and it was Mr. Cowl's knock.
"The Lion's Share" by E. Arnold Bennett
Anna-Rose discreetly didn't look at her.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
Late art thou discreet, then formerly leaving thine home disgracefully.
"The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I." by Euripides
In former times his discourse was discreet.
"Sea and Shore" by Mrs. Catharine A. Warfield
If David Lockwin shall in future discover himself to Esther, he must have the aid of a discreet and loving friend.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
Then, when Mrs. Carre brought in the next course, they both retired discreetly below the tent of the tablecloth.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
Be silent and discreet.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
On this point Douglas preserved a discreet silence.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
Hence a discreetly changed attitude in the neighbourhood, when Lilamani, barely nineteen, had presented her husband with a son.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
At the entrance they stood discreetly apart.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson

In poetry:

Then in the night's curtain of shadows,
Heavy and discreet,
I asked and she replied:
"An Escape" by Edward Powys Mathers
"Take any soap, but take the pup
And also water take,
And mix the three discreetly up
Till they a lather make.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Walked so nicely
With footsteps so discreet
To see her pass
You'd never guess
She walked upon the street.
"Bag-Snatching in Dublin" by Stevie Smith
He says that a woman of my plaint complaining,
If she was a woman at all half discreet,
Would shudder to think every day she is maiming
Her stomach with trash, and such stuff as we eat!
"Mrs. Merdle Discourseth Of Hygiene And Fish Sauce" by Horatio Alger Jr
So, though no grief consumes our lot
(Since all our lives have been discreet),
Come, in this consecrated spot,
Let's see if pagan cheer be sweet.
Now, then, the songs; but, first, more wine.
The gods be with you, friends of mine!
"To M.L. Gray," by Eugene Field
"And must my offspring languish in my sight?"
(Alive to all a mother's pain, The Queen of Beauty thus her court addressed)
"No: Let the most discreet of all my train
Receive him to her breast:
Think all, he is the God of young delight."
"The Birth Of Love" by William Wordsworth

In news:

Discreet weapons carry means that you are carrying your weapon in something that's not obviously a weapons case to most people, but that's still pretty clear to someone looking for someone carrying a weapon.
Beyond Discreet Weapons Carry, Pt 1.
Hannan / Sports Ex-Wife of Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl is Something Other Than Discreet .
Discreet Cat Facing Severe Test in World Cup.
(from Dubai World Cup report) Godolphin's Discreet Cat is the rarest kind of racehorse—an undefeated one.
Discreet Cat Hometown Hope in UAE Derby.
Discreet Cat was among the Godolphin runners breezing at Nad al Sheba racecourse Wednesday.
Discreet (www. discreet .com) is transitioning its name and branding to better align with parent company Autodesk, Inc In 1999 Discreet became part of Autodesk and today the company has more than six million users.
Discreet is closer integrating with Autodesk in order to better address customers' needs.
At the Game Developer Conference, Discreet announced that its 3DS Max (www. discreet .com/3dsmax) software is aligned to support the next generation Xbox platform from Microsoft.
Discreet , a division of Autodesk, is developing a next-generation shared storage solution with DataDirect Networks and longtime partner Silicon Graphics (SGI).
Amsterdam winner Discreetly Mine tries to topple D' Funnybone in the King's Bishop.
Discreet Cat's Offspring Flashing Speed.
Sham winner Out of Bounds earned the first stakes win for his sire Discreet Cat.
Savoring the discreet charm of baked pasta.

In science:

Thus one knows that the right thing to do is to apply the entropy maximization to the discreet energy spectra, and not to any other basis.
Comment on "Hidden assumptions in decoherence theory"
Exclusion of constructions that depend on discreet classical particles allows a fully wave oriented development. A dynamics based on conformal effects permits a mathematically simple scheme that is compatible with spinors.
Spinors in Quantum Geometrical Theory
Therefore the investigation of the Griffith-like contributions in the three-dimensional RFIM requires much more discreet analysis.
Off-perturbative states in disordered systems
Whenever we speak of an ob ject transforming covariantly under T-duality, we will always mean this restricted sense. T-dualities thus form a discreet set of global symmetries.
NS-NS fluxes in Hitchin's generalized geometry
Similarly, one can consider the case when instead of α, the ‘mass creation term’ β is random, for example with β defined in the same way (or with a mollified version) as for the discreet branching particle system.
Branching diffusions, superdiffusions and random media