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Origin of discern
synonym study for discern
OTHER WORDS FROM discerndis·cern·er, nounpre·dis·cern, verb (used with object)un·dis·cerned, adjective
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What does discern mean?
Discern means to recognize small details, accurately tell the difference between similar things, and make intelligent judgements by using such observations.
The ability to do this or the process of doing it is called discernment, as in Only through careful discernment can you tell a genuine artifact from the work of a counterfeiter.
Things that can be identified or distinguished in such a way can be described as discernible. The adjective discerning can be used to describe someone who has the ability to discern or to describe such an ability, as in Most chefs have a very discerning palate. A close synonym is discriminating.
Example: These two scents may smell identical to the average person, but an experienced perfumer can discern the difference between them.
Where does discern come from?
The first records of the word discern come from the 1300s. It derives from the Latin term discernere, meaning “to separate” or “to divide,” from dis-, meaning “apart,” and cernere, “to separate.”
To discern is to tell things apart—to separate them, even when they appear to be very similar. People who are able to discern are able to make keen observations about things. A person with a sophisticated palate may be able to discern flavors that others cannot. This ability is often associated with wisdom and experience. Discerning also often involves making a judgment, especially about things that aren’t obvious. For example, it takes discernment to accurately judge someone’s character.
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What are some other forms related to discern?
- discernment (noun)
- discerning (continuous tense verb, adjective)
- discernible (adjective)
- undiscerned (adjective)
- discerner (noun)
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How is discern used in real life?
Discern is a somewhat formal word and is typically used in serious contexts.
We’re proud to highlight Esan Sommersell, a GR-based artist. In a world where it's become increasingly more difficult to discern fact from fiction, Sommersell's paintings remind us that what we see, hear, touch and taste cannot be separated from what we feel. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/lCTB4jgL26
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'Every reader is actually the reader of himself. The writer's work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book.'
― Marcel Proust #BOTD in 1871 pic.twitter.com/KExZ4WA8RG
— Royal Society of Literature (@RSLiterature) July 10, 2020
see I’m always inclined to put turmeric in things because I, and I know people are going to have Feelings about this, have never been able to discern a Taste in turmeric
— danielle tcholakian (@danielleiat) November 28, 2019
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Example sentences from the Web for discern
But, as far as I can discern, they do focused, pragmatic work.
The addicting ditty “One of These Things” was used to help children learn to compare and discern differences.
Meaning, one was left to discern, that religion is self-evidently a coercive force for ill.Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence|Patricia Pearson|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lately though it seems the line between spin and reality is harder to discern.
Rational people, they contend, would take the time to discern whether the person behind the weapon was an actual threat.
From these you will discern the valley, and can descend into it.The Magician's Show Box and Other Stories|Lydia Maria Child
It was several minutes before I could discern the objects around me.
Thou art of those great ones whose greatness the small passer-by does not discern.Past and Present|Thomas Carlyle
It almost seemed as if the infant orbs could see ahead into the future—could discern the lowering hand of outraged Nature.From One Generation to Another|Henry Seton Merriman
Of the great public men of the day, Burke was perhaps the first to discern the true character of this movement in France.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.|E. Farr and E. H. Nolan