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- But it is the sort of event that could lead incumbents to self-isolate—accelerating the discreet spread of Chinese banks in emerging markets.
- Illumination, as in a medieval manuscript, seemed to be behind discreet, long-sleeved dresses in gray wool or plaid, lighted down the front with gilded embroidery.
[adjective] careful and prudent in one's speech or actions, especially in order to keep something confidential or to avoid embarrassment
从词源上看， discreet 同 discrete 一样，都是源自拉丁语 discretus （分离的），只是前者14世纪末经古法语 discret （谨慎的、明智的、聪明的）进入英语，主要指言行“谨慎的、慎重的、考虑周到的”，尤指为了避免泄密、尴尬、冒犯他人或者引起过多注意，比如：
He was always very discreet about his love affairs. Not a whiff of scandal had ever tainted his private life.
The crux of the matter is that you ought to make a few discreet enquiries before you sign anything.
从谨慎小心不希望引起过多注意这个概念出发，还可以进一步用 discreet 称赞某个事物“朴素的、不显眼的”以及“少的、小的”，比如：
The lady who wore discreet jewellery leaned on the ship's rail and gazed out to sea.
It was a matter upon which he was reticent, and with persons of his kind a direct question is never very discreet.
出自威廉·萨默塞特·毛姆（William Somerset Maugham）的长篇小说《月亮和六便士》（The Moon and Sixpence）。
- cautious: (of a person) careful to avoid potential problems or dangers
- circumspect: wary and unwilling to take risks
- wary: feeling or showing caution about possible dangers or problems