[dih-sur-ning, -zur-]


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

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

Synonyms for discerning

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Examples from the Web for undiscerning

Historical Examples of undiscerning

  • For the undiscerning eyes of the boy were blind to the feet of clay.

    The Promise

    James B. Hendryx

  • But the undiscerning were not only to be kept quiet, they were to be made happy.

  • They are the notebooks of an omnivorous but indiscreet and undiscerning reader.

  • She was a mother of high ideals and she was not undiscerning.

    Tom Slade

    Percy K. Fitzhugh

  • Spiritually they are undiscerning, because imaginatively they are blind.

British Dictionary definitions for undiscerning



having or showing good taste or judgment; discriminating
Derived Formsdiscerningly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for undiscerning


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

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