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Definition showing good judgment or good taste and/or the perception of things not easily perceived by most people

SAT Review:  Although discerning is the most commonly encountered form of this word, the noun form, discernment, is more often seen on SAT review lists.
  • They hired her for her experience, wisdom and discernment.
discernment = having good judgment or good taste and/or perceiving things not easily perceived by most people
  • He is a man of discernment.
  • Who hast not in thy brows an eye discerning
    Thine honour from thy suffering;
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • discerning = capable of seeing things many people might miss
  • ...heated garages, marble bathrooms, balconies, and high-end appliances, all for the discerning, affluent professional.
    Sarah Dessen  --  The Truth About Forever
  • discerning = showing good taste
  • ...are hateful to the gods and to all persons of discernment.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • discernment = good judgment
  • She followed where the water might be dripping, and her discerning eye skidded to a stop on the floor near the couch.
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • discerning = seeing things not easily seen by most people
  • Most of us have difficulty believing that a 275-pound football lineman could have a lively and discerning intellect.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • discerning = showing good judgment
  • He turns, eyes narrowing into discerning slits.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Glass
  • discerning = seeing things others might miss; or forming judgments as he looks
  • Do we not say every day, 'Are not all the mighty as naught before Thee, the men of renown as though they had not been, the wise as if without knowledge, and the men of understanding as if without discernment'?
    Chaim Potok  --  The Chosen
  • discernment = good judgment
  • Is communal discernment based upon faith an adequate proof?
  • Quotations due to the last motive [to show that the author is learned and well read] are invariably ill-advised; the discerning reader detects it and is contemptuous; the undiscerning is perhaps impressed, but even then is at the same time repelled, pretentious quotations being the surest road to tedium.
    Henry W. Fowler
  • Norris accepted the compliment, and admired the nice discernment of character which could so well distinguish merit.
    Austen, Jane  --  Mansfield Park
  • "Sir," said the Woggle-Bug, "I take you for a gentleman of judgment and discernment."
    Baum, L. Frank  --  The Marvelous Land of Oz
  • But now I begin to wonder at your discernment, and vanity apart, do honestly believe you spoke the truth.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of 'Eighty
  • The citizens of America have too much discernment to be argued into anarchy.
    Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
  • All it requires is a novel way of looking, of discerning, of measuring.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • He ceased, discerning Adam with such joy Surcharged, as had like grief been dewed in tears, Without the vent of words; which these he breathed.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Blessed with a fine discernment, his great heart Always sees the whole picture, not just each part.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • The hatred and contempt of the crowd punish such men for discerning the higher laws.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The Teacher had been convinced that once he found the tomb, discerning the missing orb would be easy.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code

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