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discern
used in Northanger Abbey

8 uses
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Definition
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
  • her eye could not discern anything unusual
    Chapter 21 (73% in)
discern = to notice something that is not obvious
  • Here Catherine again discerned the force of love.
    Chapter 15 (38% in)
  • And what will you discern?
    Chapter 20 (52% in)
  • Peals of thunder so loud as to seem to shake the edifice to its foundation will roll round the neighbouring mountains—and during the frightful gusts of wind which accompany it, you will probably think you discern (for your lamp is not extinguished) one part of the hanging more violently agitated than the rest.
    Chapter 20 (61% in)
  • But so low did the building stand, that she found herself passing through the great gates of the lodge into the very grounds of Northanger, without having discerned even an antique chimney.
    Chapter 20 (80% in)
  • But he thought he could discern.
    Chapter 22 (51% in)
  • —was all that Catherine had to say, for her indiscriminating eye scarcely discerned the colour of the satin; and all minuteness of praise, all praise that had much meaning, was supplied by the general: the costliness or elegance of any room's fitting-up could be nothing to her; she cared for no furniture of a more modern date than the fifteenth century.
    Chapter 23 (8% in)
  • Already had he discerned a liking towards Miss Morland in the countenance of his son; and thankful for Mr. Thorpe's communication, he almost instantly determined to spare no pains in weakening his boasted interest and ruining his dearest hopes.
    Chapter 30 (70% in)

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