to recognize or perceive differences -- especially fine distinctions
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
She is a discriminating interior designer.
The Hungarian police struck out with truncheons and rifle butts, to right and left, without reason, indiscriminately their blows falling upon old men and women, children and invalids alike.
Elie Wiesel -- Night
...the difficulty seismologists had discriminating between random noise ... and genuinely unusual signals that foretell a seismic event.
Tom Clancy -- The Hunt for Red October
Data on 7420 subjects tested by H1H2 program for multifactorial analysis of variance; later test by ANOVAR program; final discrimination by CLASSIF program.
Michael Crichton -- The Andromeda Strain
excavating and embanking in a methodical and discriminating manner.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
made her believe she could discriminate among them.
Toni Morrison -- Beloved
All gods dispense suffering without reason. ... Through indiscriminate suffering men know fear...
Zora Neale Hurston -- Their Eyes Were Watching God
far less discriminating and exclusive in his food
H.G. Wells -- The Time Machine
She didn’t discriminate among the needy people who arrived at the door,
Tracy Kidder -- Strength in What Remains
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...indiscriminate application of effort is something that is not always possible. There are times when we need a convenient shortcut, a way to make a lot out of a little, and that is what Tipping Points, in the end, are all about.
Malcolm Gladwell -- The Tipping Point
ROS: How much did he give you? GUIL: I asked you first. ROS: I got the same as you. GUIL: He wouldn’t discriminate between us.
Tom Stoppard -- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
his extensive and not too discriminate search for sex
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Supremacy
There were paintings, selected with judgment and discrimination, upon the walls.
Kate Chopin -- The Awakening
It is most perplexing and exasperating that just at the moment when you need your memory and a nice sense of discrimination, these faculties take to themselves wings and fly away.
Helen Keller -- Story of My Life
I said a process of discrimination goes to work on this handful of sand and divides it into parts.
Robert M. Pirsig -- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
They may be men of a certain experience and discrimination, and have no doubt invented ingenious and even useful systems, for which we sincerely thank them; but all their wit and usefulness lie within certain not very wide limits.
Henry David Thoreau -- Resistance to Civil Government
Except for Marie’s fabled love for Dewey Prince, these women hated men, all men, without shame, apology, or discrimination.
Toni Morrison -- The Bluest Eye
His mouth had the discrimination of a garbage heap.
Yann Martel -- Life of Pi
he administered justice with discrimination rather than severity;
Washington Irving -- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Soon Charley moved downstream and found some discarded bags of garbage, which he went through with discrimination.
John Steinbeck -- Travels with Charley
Drays, express wagons, trucks, and conveyances of every conceivable species and size crowded across in indiscriminate haste.
Jim Murphy -- The Great Fire
"So she’s an indiscriminate thief:’ Glass said.
Scott Pratt -- An Innocent Client
He had a spacious yet discriminative style, flecked with sparks of irony.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
…leave me alone, my mother dead on a marble floor, stop it stop it, muttering aloud to myself in elevators, in cabs, leave me alone, I want to die, a cold, intelligent, self-immolating fury that had —more than once driven me upstairs in a resolute fog to swallow indiscriminate combos of whatever booze and pills I happened to have on hand: only tolerance and ineptitude that I’d botched it, unpleasantly surprised when I woke up though relieved for Hobie that he hadn’t had to find me.
Donna Tartt -- The Goldfinch
The pupils ate apples and put straws down one another’s backs, until Mr. Wopsle’s great-aunt collected her energies, and made an indiscriminate totter at them with a birch-rod.
Charles Dickens -- Great Expectations
Her hair was an indiscriminate shade of brown that had been made and remade, it appeared, as a nest for birds.
Ray Bradbury -- The Martian Chronicles
She knew, even though she was too young to know the reason, that indiscriminate desire and unselective indulgence were possible only to those who regarded sex and themselves as evil.
Ayn Rand -- Atlas Shrugged
An indiscriminate word.
Michael Shaara -- The Killer Angels
Here is the moment for words of passion, for wild indiscriminate words that can waken and madden and unleash.
Alan Paton -- Cry, the Beloved Country
One day he had stumbled while marching to class; the next day he was formally charged with ’breaking ranks while in formation, felonious assault, indiscriminate behavior, mopery, high treason, provoking, being a smart guy, listening to classical music and so on’.
Joseph Heller -- Catch-22
Like the sword of Coeur De Lion, which always blazed in the front and thickest of the battle, Sam’s palm-leaf was to be seen everywhere when there was the least danger that a horse could be caught; there he would bear down full tilt, shouting, "Now for it! cotch him! cotch him!" in a way that would set everything to indiscriminate rout in a moment.
Harriet Beecher Stowe -- Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Again his mind is filled with still shapes like discarded and fragmentary toys of childhood piled indiscriminate and gathering quiet dust in a forgotten closet—Brown.
William Faulkner -- Light in August
There is a secret precision at work in the most savage and indiscriminate killings.
Don DeLillo -- White Noise
His great power seemed to be his power of indiscriminate admiration.
Charles Dickens -- Bleak House
"But I would go now," said Liddy, who was going with her; for Boldwood had been indiscriminate in his invitations.
Thomas Hardy -- Far from the Madding Crowd
Eighteen Africans died and many others were wounded in this indiscriminate and unprovoked attack.
Nelson Mandela -- Long Walk to Freedom
Gerty Farish, seated next to Selden, was lost in that indiscriminate and uncritical enjoyment so irritating to Miss Bart’s finer perceptions.
Edith Wharton -- The House of Mirth
Throughout the day there were more pepper sprayings, both individual treatments and more indiscriminate ones.
Dave Eggers -- Zeitoun
He raced from one kill to another, accepting contracts with such rapidity that he had to be indiscriminate.
Robert Ludlum -- The Bourne Identity
He was thinking how much more pleasing she was than either Hortense Briggs or Rita Dickerman, the one so calculating, the other so sensually free and indiscriminate.
Theodore Dreiser -- An American Tragedy
The marks of the Vicar of Lockleigh were a big, athletic figure, a candid, natural countenance, a capacious appetite and a tendency to indiscriminate laughter.
Henry James -- The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
And there would be music at night—fiddle and triangle among the blazing candles, the blowing of curtains in tall windows on the April darkness, the swing of crinoline indiscriminate within the circle of plain gray cuff of the soldier or the banded gold of rank, of an army even if not a war of gentlemen, where private and colonel called each other by their given names not as one farmer to another across a halted plow in a field or across a counter in a store laden with calico and cheese…
William Faulkner -- Absalom, Absalom!
Tom was a handsome young fellow; and for that species of men Mrs Honour had some regard; but this was perfectly indiscriminate; for having being crossed in the love which she bore a certain nobleman’s footman, who had basely deserted her after a promise of marriage, she had so securely kept together the broken remains of her heart, that no man had ever since been able to possess himself of any single fragment.
Henry Fielding -- Tom Jones
And then this passing discriminative power was withdrawn, and Jude was lost to all conditions of things in the advent of a fresh and wild pleasure, that of having found a new channel for emotional interest hitherto unsuspected, though it had lain close beside him.
Thomas Hardy -- Jude the Obscure
Her interest in books was indiscriminate.
Isabel Allende -- The House of Spirits
Or is passion indiscriminate, incubating haphazardly like a cancer?
Christina Garcia -- Dreaming in Cuban
Beware of the pursuit of the Superhuman: it leads to an indiscriminate contempt for the Human.
George Bernard Shaw -- Man And Superman
Since the van was too small to permit indiscriminate souvenir buying, she’d restrained herself this far.
Nora Roberts -- Summer Pleasures
Experience convinced us that rebellion would offer the Government limitless opportunities for the indiscriminate slaughter of our people.