discerning

adjective
dis·​cern·​ing | \ di-ˈsər-niŋ How to pronounce discerning (audio) \

Definition of discerning

: showing insight and understanding : discriminating a discerning critic

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Other Words from discerning

discerningly \ di-​ˈsər-​niŋ-​lē How to pronounce discerningly (audio) , -​ˈzər-​ \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for discerning

Synonyms

insightful, perceptive, prudent, sagacious, sage, sapient, wise

Antonyms

unperceptive, unwise

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Examples of discerning in a Sentence

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 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 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 She has a discerning eye for good art. a discerning critic of modern art
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For those with more discerning power supply tastes, this UPS delivers square waveform power, not the more succulent pure sine waves that connoisseurs look for. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply," 9 Oct. 2018 Tencent, China’s biggest tech company by market value, presented online education programs to bring art classes and other resources to rural students around China, and projects to dispel rumors online and teach users to be more discerning. Time, "French President Emmanuel Macron Takes on Facebook and Other Tech Firms Over Regulation," 25 May 2018 Tencent, China’s biggest tech company by market value, presented online education programs to bring art classes and other resources to rural students around China, and projects to dispel rumors online and teach users to be more discerning. Time, "French President Emmanuel Macron Takes on Facebook and Other Tech Firms Over Regulation," 25 May 2018 Tencent, China’s biggest tech company by market value, presented online education programs to bring art classes and other resources to rural students around China, and projects to dispel rumors online and teach users to be more discerning. Time, "French President Emmanuel Macron Takes on Facebook and Other Tech Firms Over Regulation," 25 May 2018 Tencent, China’s biggest tech company by market value, presented online education programs to bring art classes and other resources to rural students around China, and projects to dispel rumors online and teach users to be more discerning. Time, "French President Emmanuel Macron Takes on Facebook and Other Tech Firms Over Regulation," 25 May 2018 Tencent, China’s biggest tech company by market value, presented online education programs to bring art classes and other resources to rural students around China, and projects to dispel rumors online and teach users to be more discerning. Time, "French President Emmanuel Macron Takes on Facebook and Other Tech Firms Over Regulation," 25 May 2018 And while meme merchandise itself may never completely disappear, Fishbein predicts that customers in the future will become more discerning. Taylor Lorenz, The Atlantic, "Memes Are Becoming Harder to Monetize," 31 May 2018 Tencent, China’s biggest tech company by market value, presented online education programs to bring art classes and other resources to rural students around China, and projects to dispel rumors online and teach users to be more discerning. Time, "French President Emmanuel Macron Takes on Facebook and Other Tech Firms Over Regulation," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of discerning

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for discerning

from present participle of discern

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The first known use of discerning was in 1589

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discerning

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of discerning

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

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