[ dih-sur-ning, -zur- ]
/ dɪˈsɜr nɪŋ, -ˈzɜr- /
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showing good or outstanding judgment and understanding: a discerning critic of French poetry.
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OTHER WORDS FROM discerningdis·cern·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·cern·ing, adjectiveun·dis·cern·ing, adjectiveun·dis·cern·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use discerning in a sentence
Sir George, that angel, who deserved the first monarch in the universe, to be cast off by an undiscerning dolt!Memoirs of Miss Sidney Biddulph|Frances Sheridan
I see in you a new instance of that abuse which is so generally made of talents, the admiration of an undiscerning public.Caleb Williams|William Godwin
To the undiscerning eye of the vulgar, Philip appeared a monarch no less powerful than Hadrian or Augustus had formerly been.The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire|Edward Gibbon
Courage and endurance, indeed, they may show, and the undiscerning may never note how fell the blow has been.The Vagabond in Literature|Arthur Rickett
Mrs. Forrester held out her hand to her with the undiscerning kindliness that greets the mere emissary.Tante|Anne Douglas Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for discerning
/ (dɪˈsɜːnɪŋ) /
having or showing good taste or judgment; discriminating
Derived forms of discerningdiscerningly, adverb
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