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secern

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transitive verb se·cern \si-ˈsərn\

Definition of secern

  1. :  to discriminate in thought :  distinguish



Examples of secern in a sentence

  1. <those philistines who seemingly cannot secern artistic depiction of the nude from blatant pornography>



Origin of secern

Latin secernere to separate — more at secret


First Known Use: 1604


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