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discreet
used in Washington Square

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —3 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
Definition
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
  • Then she saw a gentleman standing in the middle of the room, from which her aunt had discreetly retired.
    Chapter 35 (35% in)
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention or cause embarrassment
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • You are not discreet.
    Chapter 29 (75% in)
  • No, I am not discreet; I know I am too pressing.
    Chapter 29 (76% in)

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2  —3 uses as in:
discreet--not foolish
Definition
sensible and careful; possibly having good manners
  • Well, I have been indiscreet, formerly; but I think I have got over it.
    Chapter 9 (42% in)
indiscreet = not sensible or careful

(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.)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Allow me to say that it is extremely indiscreet of you to form secret alliances with young men.
    Chapter 8 (56% in)
  • My daughter, whom you have never seen, is nothing to you; and I, possibly, am only an indiscreet and impertinent old man.
    Chapter 14 (33% in)

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