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discernment

[dih-surn-muhnt, -zurn-]
noun
  1. the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding.
  2. the act or an instance of discerning.
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Origin of discernment

1580–90; < Middle French discernement, equivalent to discern(er) to discern + -ment -ment
Related formsnon·dis·cern·ment, nounpre·dis·cern·ment, nounself-dis·cern·ment, noun

Synonyms for discernment

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Examples from the Web for self-discernment

Historical Examples of self-discernment

  • It is the Non-ego through and by which the Ego is endowed with self-discernment.

    Fragments of science, V. 1-2

    John Tyndall


British Dictionary definitions for self-discernment

discernment

noun
  1. keen perception or judgment
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Word Origin and History for self-discernment

discernment

n.

1580s; see discern + -ment.

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