Discerning

  • 1discerning — discerning; un·discerning; …

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  • 2Discerning — Dis*cern ing, a. Acute; shrewd; sagacious; sharp sighted. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3discerning — I adjective acute, astute, circumspect, clever, cognizant, conscious, critical, discreet, discriminating, discriminative, incisive, intelligent, judicious, juridical, keen sighted, knowing, lucid, omniscient, penetrating, perceptive,… …

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  • 4discerning — action of perceiving, late 14c., verbal noun from DISCERN (Cf. discern). As a prp. adjective, attested from c.1600 …

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  • 5discerning — [adj] discriminating acute, astute, bright, brilliant, clear sighted, clever, critical, gnostic, ingenious, insighted, insightful, intelligent, judicious, knowing, knowledgeable, penetrating, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, piercing,… …

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  • 6discerning — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing good judgement. DERIVATIVES discernment noun …

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  • 7discerning — [di zʉrn′iŋ, dis sʉrn′iŋ] adj. having or showing good judgment or understanding; astute discerningly adv …

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  • 8discerning — [[t]dɪsɜ͟ː(r)nɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED (approval) If you describe someone as discerning, you mean that they are able to judge which things of a particular kind are good and which are bad. ...tailor made holidays to suit the more discerning traveller …

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  • 9discerning — di|scern|ing [dıˈsə:nıŋ US ə:r ] adj showing the ability to make good judgments, especially about art, music, style etc = ↑discriminating ▪ an ideal tour for the discerning traveller the discerning eye/ear (=someone who can make good judgments… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10discerning — adjective showing the ability to make good judgements, especially about art, music, style etc: Amanda liked to think she was discerning in her tastes. | With prices down by a third, there are many bargains around for the discerning buyer …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11Discerning — Discern Dis*cern , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Discerned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Discerning}.] [F. discerner, L. discernere, discretum; dis + cernere to separate, distinguish. See {Certain}, and cf. {Discreet}.] 1. To see and identify by noting a difference… …

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  • 12discerning — adjective Date: 1589 showing insight and understanding ; discriminating < a discerning critic > • discerningly adverb …

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  • 13discerning — discerningly, adv. /di serr ning, zerr /, adj. showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding: a discerning critic of French poetry. [1600 10; DISCERN + ING2] Syn. perceptive, keen, sharp, discriminating. * * * …

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  • 14discerning — adj. Discerning is used with these nouns: ↑buyer, ↑eye, ↑palate, ↑reader, ↑traveller …

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  • 15discerning — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. discriminating, perceptive, penetrating; see intelligent 1 , judicious . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) (VOCABULARY WORD) a. [di SUR ning] perceptive and sharp. She was discerning with her fashion choices. SYN.:&#8230; …

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  • 16discerning — dis|cern|ing [ dı sɜrnıŋ ] adjective showing good judgment about things such as art, music, and books and able to tell whether something is valuable or well made: The discerning reader will appreciate the subtleties of Boyd s humor …

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