discerning


dis·cern·ing

adjective \di-ˈsər-niŋ\

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

Full Definition of DISCERNING

:  showing insight and understanding :  discriminating <a discerning critic>
dis·cern·ing·ly \-ˈsər-niŋ-lē, -ˈzər-\ adverb

Examples of DISCERNING

  1. She has a discerning eye for good art.
  2. <a discerning critic of modern art>
  3. 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

First Known Use of DISCERNING

1589

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