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discreet
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
  • So Tom Buchanan and his girl and I went up together to New York — or not quite together, for Mrs. Wilson sat discreetly in another car.
    p. 26.9
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention or cause embarrassment

(editor's note:  Since Myrtle Wilson is Tom's girl and since each is married to someone else, they do not want to be too obvious by traveling in the same car.)
  • When I came back they had disappeared, so I sat down discreetly in the living-room and read a chapter of "Simon Called Peter."
    p. 29.9
  • discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention
  •   "When they do get married," continued Catherine, "they're going West to live for a while until it blows over."
      "It'd be more discreet to go to Europe."
    p. 34.1
  • discreet = inconspicuous (not attracting attention)
  • "She's got an indiscreet voice," I remarked.
    p. 120.5
indiscreet = attention-attracting

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscreet means not and reverses the meaning of discreet. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
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