discerning

[ dih-sur-ning, -zur- ]
/ dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr- /

adjective

showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding: a discerning critic of French poetry.

Nearby words

  1. discarnate,
  2. discase,
  3. discectomy,
  4. discern,
  5. discernible,
  6. discernment,
  7. discerptible,
  8. discharge,
  9. discharge lamp,
  10. discharge printing

Origin of discerning

First recorded in 1600–10; discern + -ing2

Related formsdis·cern·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·cern·ing, adjectiveun·dis·cern·ing, adjectiveun·dis·cern·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for discerningly

discerning

/ (dɪˈsɜːnɪŋ) /

adjective

having or showing good taste or judgment; discriminating
Derived Formsdiscerningly, adverb

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Word Origin and History for discerningly

discerning

"action of perceiving," late 14c., verbal noun from discern. As a present participle adjective, attested from c.1600.

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