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discerning
used in Moby Dick

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Definition
showing good judgment or good taste and/or the perception of things not easily perceived by most people
  • Nevertheless, the old sea-traditions, the immemorial credulities, popularly invested this old Manxman with preternatural powers of discernment.
    Chapters 28-30 -- Ahab; (Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubb); The Pipe (28% in)
  • "Now Jonah's Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects crime in any, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless.
    Chapters 7-9 -- The Chapel; The Pulpit; The Sermon (59% in)

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