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dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr-dis·cern·ing

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  1. discerning

    Acute, from the Latin, suggests the sharpness of the needle's point; keen, from the Saxon, the sharpness of the cutting edge. Astute, from the Latin, with the original sense of cunning has come to have a meaning that combines the sense of acute or keen with that of sagacious. The astute mind adds to acuteness and keenness an element of cunning or finesse. The astute debater leads his opponents into a snare by getting them to make admissions, or urge arguments, of which he sees a result that they do not perceive. The acute, keen intellect may take no special advantage of these qualities; the astute mind has always a point to make for itself, and seldom fails to make it. A knowing look, air, etc., in general indicates practical knowledge with a touch of shrewdness, and perhaps of cunning; in regard to some special matter, it indicates the possession of reserved knowledge which the person could impart if he chose. Knowing has often a slightly invidious sense. We speak of a knowing rascal, meaning cunning or shrewd within a narrow range, but of a knowing horse or dog, in the sense of sagacious, implying that he knows more than could be expected of such an animal. A knowing child has more knowledge than would be looked for at his years, perhaps more than is quite desirable, while to speak of a child as intelligent is altogether complimentary.

    Synonyms:
    acute, astute, clear-sighted, crafty, cunning, discriminating, keen, knowing, penetrating, penetrative, perspicacious, sagacious, sharp, shrewd, subtile, subtle

    Antonyms:
    blind, dull, idiotic, imbecile, shallow, short-sighted, stolid, stupid, undiscerning, unintelligent

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. discerningadjective

    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

    "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"

    Synonyms:
    discreet, apprehensive

    Antonyms:
    obtuse, unperceiving, purblind, undiscriminating, unperceptive, untactful, uncomprehending, undiscerning, indiscriminating, tactless

  2. discerning, discreetadjective

    unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

    "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"

    Synonyms:
    discreet, apprehensive, circumspect

    Antonyms:
    indiscriminating, untactful, tactless, uncomprehending, undiscriminating, purblind, unperceiving, obtuse, undiscerning, unperceptive

  3. apprehensive, discerningadjective

    quick to understand

    "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Synonyms:
    discreet, worried, apprehensive

    Antonyms:
    undiscriminating, indiscriminating, undiscerning, unperceiving, untactful, purblind, tactless, uncomprehending, unperceptive, obtuse

  4. discerningadjective

    able to make or detect effects of great subtlety; sensitive

    "discerning taste"; "a discerning eye for color"

    Synonyms:
    discreet, apprehensive

    Antonyms:
    purblind, unperceiving, undiscriminating, undiscerning, indiscriminating, uncomprehending, tactless, unperceptive, obtuse, untactful

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words0.0 / 0 votes

  1. discerningadjective

    Synonyms:
    acute, sharp-sighted, shrewd

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "discerning":

    insightful, judicious, astute, demanding, perceptive

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How to use discerning in a sentence?

  1. Sylvia Jablonski:

    Synovus Trust Morgan didn't have to be discerning with tech before since it has been doing so well for the past decade. But now, people have to look at the various valuations and how each company is doing.

  2. Ben Branson:

    In this day and age when we're more discerning and we've a bit more choice... you want something that's full of flavor, that's quality and that doesn't make you feel like a child.

  3. Laozi:

    He who knows other men is discerning; he who knows himself is intelligent...

  4. Sanita Belgrave:

    When discerning the authenticity of someone’s character, listen to everything they aren’t saying.

  5. Mo Brooks:

    The president understands that we have a lot of RINO Republicans who may speak kindly to him in his presence, but stab him in the back when he doesn't see it. And he's learned a lot from his four years in the presidency, the president is doing a much better job of discerning who really does support the MAGA agenda and who just mouths those words but doesn't mean it and won't do it if elected.


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