toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

discretion
used in 1984 by Orwell

2 uses
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
good judgment or good taste
  • There was something that he lacked: discretion, aloofness, a sort of saving stupidity.
    p. 55.1
discretion = good judgment
  • It was an indiscretion, undoubtedly.
    p. 230.9
indiscretion = behavior that displays a lack of good judgment

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscretion means not and reverses the meaning of discretion. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
There are no more uses of "discretion" in 1984 by Orwell.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary / more samples — Oxford® USDictionary list — Onelook.com®