The more commonly used term is the double E version, having to do with secret-keeping. Let's take a look at definitions, visuals, examples and mnemonics to get the words clear in our heads.
|© carulmare, Flickr; Rembrandt. 1661. Matthew and the Angel|
adv. -- discreetly
n. -- discreetness, discretion
John trusted her to be discreet about his gambling debts.
Lady Ambrose signaled the Duke by discreetly touching her cheek.
A key rule of medicine is discretion with sensitive patient information.
LEE was so DISCREET, she allowed no man to ever SEE her KNEES.
The BEE flew DISCREETLY from TREE to TREE.
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adv. -- discretely
n. -- discreteness
The color of the grass makes the Joneses' yard discrete from the Wesleys'.
Detective Nicholson felt there might be two discrete perpetrators, not one.
We kept the areas DISCRETE with CONCRETE that would not SECRETE moisture.
Joe needed to DELETE six DISCRETE lines of INCOMPLETE code.
Test your skills1. I wish I knew how to make my designs look more _____ from each other.
2. Francesca moved _____ to Philip's side and whispered in his ear.
3. Lady Mary depended on her family to be ____ about the affair with Mr. Pamuk.
4. Dr. McMahon developed three ___ treatment options for the condition.
Do you struggle with keeping these terms discrete? Any others I should cover in the future?
Answers: 1. discrete 2. discreetly 3. discreet 4. discrete.