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discerning
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
showing good judgment or good taste and/or the perception of things not easily perceived by most people
  • Tom had never found any difficulty in discerning a pointer from a setter, when once he had been told the distinction, and his perceptive powers were not at all deficient.
    2.1 -- Book 2 Chapter 1 -- Tom's "First Half" (33% in)
  • Tom never did the same sort of foolish things as Maggie, having a wonderful instinctive discernment of what would turn to his advantage or disadvantage; and so it happened, that though he was much more wilful and inflexible than Maggie, his mother hardly ever called him naughty.
    1.7 -- Book 1 Chapter 7 -- Enter the Aunts and Uncles (54% in)
  • There is an apparent triviality in the action with the scissors, but your discernment perceives at once that there is a design in it which makes it eminently worthy of a large-headed, long-limbed young man; for you see that Lucy wants the scissors, and is compelled, reluctant as she may be, to shake her ringlets back, raise her soft hazel eyes, smile playfully down on the face that is so very nearly on a level with her knee, and holding out her little shell-pink palm, to say,— "My...
    6.1 -- Book 6 Chapter 1 -- A Duet in Paradise (5% in)

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