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discerning
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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Definition
showing good judgment or good taste and/or the perception of things not easily perceived by most people
  • What is called poetic insight is the gift of discerning, in this sphere of strangely mingled elements, the beauty and the majesty which are compelled to assume a garb so sordid.
    Chapter 2 — The Little Shop-Window (99% in)
  • Discerning that Clifford was not gladdened by her efforts, Hepzibah searched about the house for the means of more exhilarating pastime.
    Chapter 9 — Clifford and Phoebe (17% in)
  • He would still have faith in man's brightening destiny, and perhaps love him all the better, as he should recognize his helplessness in his own behalf; and the haughty faith, with which he began life, would be well bartered for a far humbler one at its close, in discerning that man's best directed effort accomplishes a kind of dream, while God is the sole worker of realities.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (55% in)

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