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Synonyms for discerning
dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr-dis·cern·ing

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discerningadjective

    having or revealing keen insight and good judgment

    "a discerning critic"; "a discerning reader"

    discreet, apprehensive

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

  2. discerning, discreetadjective

    unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic

    "a discerning editor"; "a discreet silence"

    discreet, apprehensive, circumspect

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

  3. apprehensive, discerningadjective

    quick to understand

    "a kind and apprehensive friend"- Nathaniel Hawthorne

    discreet, worried, apprehensive

    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"

    discreet, apprehensive

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. discerningadjective

    acute, sharp-sighted, shrewd

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "discerning":

    insightful, judicious, astute, demanding, perceptive

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  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. Benjamin W. Decker:

    In Matthew 7:20 (KJV), we are taught a profound secret for discerning of the Spirit: Where-fore by their fruits ye shall know them. This means that we look to the health of the part (the fruit) to gauge the health of the whole. A healthy tree will bear good fruit; an unhealthy tree will bear low-quality fruit.

  3. Peter Flaherty:

    Everything in Uzbekistan is political, so I wouldn’t put a lot of faith in the criminal justice system, but it seems like the Clintons still are not very discerning about who they associate with.

  4. Laozi:

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

  5. Chief Financial Officer Jon Moeller:

    In many ways we looked at China little bit too much as a developing market, as opposed to the most discerning consumers in the world.

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