Examples of discernment in a Sentence
I wasn't sanguine about my powers of discernment, as I've failed similar exercises in the Central Park Ramble, where I practice bird-watching for dummies and am scarcely able to distinguish a rook from a duck. —Judith Thurman, New Yorker, 1 Dec., 2003
Varying widely in scope and theme, the 10 essays about the Bill of Rights in this collection often shine with insight and sparkling turns of phrase; some, however, betray lack of discernment. —Jonathan Kellerman et al., Publishers Weekly, 17 Apr. 2000
If one searched the archives to find an example of Spanish colonial policy at its worst, one would surely select Don Carlos Benites Franquis de Lugo, a vain, arrogant, opinionated fop who never displayed a shred of either courage or discernment but who did distinguish himself as one of the most inept and vengeful Spaniards ever to function overseas. —James A. Michener, Texas, 1985
His lack of discernment led to his disastrous choice of business partners.
the discernment to know when someone is a true friend
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As an example, consider the (probably) most elite art form of all, opera — which, for full appreciation, requires a grounding in several foreign languages, acute powers of vocal and musical discernment, and a long attention span.
I was finally received into the Catholic church on Easter Saturday 2006, and some of my discernment was informed by the idea that a church that could nourish Andrew Sullivan was also a home for me.
Fans in Britain have shown little discernment over the N.F.L. fare served up to them over the years, generally selling out every game in no time.
This is making for more epistemological mayhem, not least because the collection and weighing of facts require investigation, discernment, and judgment, while the collection and analysis of data are outsourced to machines.
What to ignore and what to privilege—that discernment can be the difference between brilliance and quackery, and between fame and obscurity.
For years, hardly anyone in Asia bothered to collect Chinese pieces, not with any real discernment, anyway.
One of the lesser charms of Tiger Beat On The Potomac is the intellectual discernment the management obviously take in its regular guest columnists.
The modern Intellectual Elite of America indeed seems to embrace atheism with a curious lack of discernment.
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