Discreet vs Shrewd - What's the difference?

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Discreet is a related term of shrewd.

As adjectives the difference between discreet and shrewd

is that discreet is respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic while shrewd is showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters.




(en adjective)
  • Respectful of privacy or secrecy; quiet; diplomatic.
  • With a discreet gesture, she reminded him to mind his manners.
    John just doesn't understand that laughing at Mary all day is not very discreet .
  • Not drawing attention, anger or challenge; inconspicuous.
  • Usage notes

    * Do not confuse with discrete .

    Derived terms

    * discreetly * discretion


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  • showing clever resourcefulness in practical matters
  • artful, tricky or cunning
  • streetwise
  • *
  • knowledgeable
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 10 , author=Jeremy Wilson , title=tEngland Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report , work=Telegraph citation , page= , passage=The most persistent tormentor was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a hat-trick in last month’s corresponding fixture in Iceland. His ability to run at defences is instantly striking, but it is his clever use of possession that has persuaded some shrewd judges that he is an even better prospect than Theo Walcott. }}
  • (archaic) Scolding, satirical, sharp.
  • * 1599 ,
  • LEONATO. By my troth, niece, thou wilt never get thee a husband, if thou be so shrewd of thy tongue.

    Derived terms

    * shrewdly * shrewdness