Word of the day: discreet
Definition: adj. a circumspect in speech or action, esp. to avoid social disgrace or embarrassment. b tactful; trustworthy.
Etymology: ME f. OF discret -ete f. L discretus separate (as DIS-, cretus past part. of cernere sift), with LL sense f. its derivative discretio discernment (more…)
from Oxford: discreet
adj. (discreeter, discreetest)
1 a circumspect in speech or action, esp. to avoid social disgrace or embarrassment. b tactful; trustworthy.
2 unobtrusive (a discreet touch of rouge).
Derivatives: discreetly adv. discreetness n.
Etymology: ME f. OF discret -ete f. L discretus separate (as DIS-, cretus past part. of cernere sift), with LL sense f. its derivative discretio discernment
from Wordnet: discreet
adj 1: marked by prudence or modesty and wise self-restraint; “his trusted discreet aide”; “a discreet, finely wrought gold necklace [ant: indiscreet]
2: unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic; “a discerning editor”; “a discreet silence” [syn: discerning]
3: heedful of potential consequences; “circumspect actions”; “physicians are now more circumspect about recommending its use”; “a discreet investor” [syn: circumspect]
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Birthday of the day: Michel de Montaigne; Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (French pronunciation: [miʃɛl ekɛm də mɔ̃tɛɲ]) (February 28, 1533 – September 13, 1592) is one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance, known for popularising the essay as a literary genre and is popularly thought of as the father of Modern Skepticism. He became famous for his effortless ability to merge serious intellectual speculation with casual anecdotes and autobiography—and his massive volume Essais (translated literally as ‘Attempts’) contains, to this day, some of the most widely influential essays ever written. Montaigne had a direct influence on writers the world over, including René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Friedrich Nietzsche, Stefan Zweig, Eric Hoffer, Isaac Asimov, and perhaps William Shakespeare (see section ‘Related Writers and Influence’ below).
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