discreet, discrete

discreet, discrete
These words, pronounced alike, have entirely different meanings. To be discreet is to be prudent, cautious, careful, trustworthy, circumspect: "Never one to talk much, she kept a discreet silence." "The late President Truman often referred to George Marshall as a discreet official." Discrete means "separate," "distinct," "apart," "detached": "This question consists of six discrete parts." "Manufacturing, advertising, selling, and collecting payment are discrete divisions of this business."

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  • discreet / discrete —    Discreet means modest and prudent : Please be discreet about the surprise party, we don t want her to find out.    Discrete means separate and distinct : Even though they were married, they kept their money in two discrete accounts …   Confused words

  • discreet / discrete —    Discreet means modest and prudent : Please be discreet about the surprise party, we don t want her to find out.    Discrete means separate and distinct : Even though they were married, they kept their money in two discrete accounts …   Confused words

  • discreet, discrete —    The first means circumspect, careful, showing good judgment ( He promised to be discreet in his inquiries ). The second means unattached or unrelated ( The compound was composed of discrete particles ) …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • discreet, discrete —    The first means circumspect, careful, showing good judgment ( He promised to be discreet in his inquiries ). The second means unattached or unrelated ( The compound was composed of discrete particles ) …   Dictionary of troublesome word

  • Discrete — in science is the opposite of continuous: something that is separate; distinct; individual. This article is about the possible uses of the word discrete . For a definition of the word discreet , see the Wiktionary entry discreet. Discrete may… …   Wikipedia

  • discreet — discreet, discrete have the same origin in the Latin verb discernere meaning ‘to sift’, but their meanings are very different. Discreet means ‘circumspect in speech or action’, can be used of people or things, and is common as an adverb… …   Modern English usage

  • discrete — discreet, discrete have the same origin in the Latin verb discernere meaning ‘to sift’, but their meanings are very different. Discreet means ‘circumspect in speech or action’, can be used of people or things, and is common as an adverb… …   Modern English usage

  • discreet — See discreet, discrete …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • discrete — See discreet, discrete …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • DiscReet Records — was a company founded by Frank Zappa and his then business partner/manager Herb Cohen. It was created in 1973 when their previous companies Bizarre Records and Straight Records were discontinued. The name of the label was a pun derived from disc… …   Wikipedia

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