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Synonyms for discerning
dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. discerning(adj)

    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, discreet(adj)

    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, discerning(adj)

    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. discerning(adj)

    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

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.

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. discerning(a.)

    Synonyms:
    discriminating, knowing, sagacious, perspicacious, judicious, acute, intelligent, ingenious, clear-headed, clear-sighted, keen-sighted, quick-sighted, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, argus-eyed

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. discerning(a)

    Synonyms:
    acute, sharp-sighted, shrewd

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    insightful, judicious, astute, demanding, perceptive

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How to use discerning in a sentence?

  1. Henry W. Fowler, A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926):

    Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.

  2. Henry W. Fowler:

    Quotation ... A writer expresses himself in words that have been used before because they give his meaning better than he can give it himself, or because they are beautiful or witty, or because he expects them to touch a cord of association in his reader, or because he wishes to show that he is learned and well read. Quotations due to the last motive are invariably ill-advised the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.


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