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discerning

adjective dis·cern·ing \di-ˈsər-niŋ\

Simple Definition of discerning

  • : able to see and understand people, things, or situations clearly and intelligently

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of discerning

  1. :  showing insight and understanding :  discriminating <a discerning critic>

discerningly

play \-ˈsər-niŋ-lē, -ˈzər-\ adverb

Examples of discerning in a sentence

  1. Why should a discerning writer concern himself with such movies as Troy, Alexander, or 300? The answer is that he is uniquely qualified to transmute such trash into illuminating visions of the culturally confused age in which we live. —G. W. Bowersock, New York Review of Books, 6 Nov. 2008

  2. Many of FreshDirect's customers say they are using the service because food shopping in Manhattan can be agonizing. But the question is whether discerning food shoppers will trust it. —Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 6 Nov. 2002

  3. Who reads short stories? one is asked, and I like to think that they are read by men and women in the dentist's office, waiting to be called to the chair; they are read on transcontinental plane trips … they are read by discerning and well-informed men and women who seem to feel that narrative fiction can contribute to our understanding of one another and the sometimes bewildering world around us. —John Cheever, The Story and Its Writer, 1987

  4. She has a discerning eye for good art.

  5. <a discerning critic of modern art>



1589

First Known Use of discerning

1589



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