discerning

adjective dis·cern·ing \ di-ˈsər-niŋ \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of discerning

: 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. BowersockNew York Review of Books6 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 FabricantNew York Times6 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 CheeverThe Story and Its Writer1987
  4. She has a discerning eye for good art.

  5. a discerning critic of modern art

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First Known Use of discerning

1589


DISCERNING Defined for English Language Learners

discerning

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Definition of discerning for English Language Learners

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



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