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discernment

noun

  1. (knowing)  the cognitive condition of someone who understands
    Synonyms: apprehension, savvy, understanding. Type of: knowing
  2. (discrimination)  delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
    Synonyms: appreciation, perceptiveness, taste. Type of: discrimination. Describes: tasteful,...
  3. (perception)  perception of that which is obscure
    Synonyms: perceptiveness. Type of: perception
  4. (sapience)  the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
    Synonyms: judgement [British spelling], judgment [American/Canadian spelling], sagaciousness,...
  5. (wiseness)  the trait of judging wisely and objectively
    Synonyms: discretion. Type of: wisdom

Etymology summary

see "discern" + "-ment".
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Discernment

the activity of determining the value and quality of a certain subject or event, particularly the activity of going past the mere perception of something and making detailed judgments about that thing. As a virtue, a discerning individual is considered... (40 of 1742 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

discernment

keen perception or judgment (4 of 460 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/discernment

Merriam-Webster:

discernment | wisdom [synonym, sense-specific] | insight [synonym, sense-specific] | perception [synonym, sense-specific] | perceptiveness [synonym, sense-specific] | perceptivity [synonym, sense-specific] | sagaciousness [synonym, sense-specific] | sagacity [synonym, sense-specific] | sageness [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure; skill in discerning | an act of perceiving or discerning something (22 of 447 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/discernment

Macmillan British Dictionary:

discernment [uncountable]

the ability to make good judgments about things such as art, music, and books and to tell whether something is valuable or well made (24 of 48 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/discernment

Wiktionary:

discernment | discernments [plural] | judgement [synonym, sense-specific] | Perceptiveness [synonym, sense-specific] | sagacity [synonym, sense-specific] | Discrimination [synonym, sense-specific]

The ability to distinguish; judgement. | Discrimination. | To distinguish between things. | To perceive differences that exist. | The condition of understanding. | Aesthetic discrimination; taste, appreciation. | Perceptiveness. | The ability to make... (28 of 36 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/discernment

Oxford Dictionary:

discernment

the ability to judge well (5 of 28 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/discernment

Random House Dictionary:

discernment

the faculty of discerning; discrimination; acuteness of judgment and understanding. | the act or an instance of discerning. (17 of 25 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/discernment

Cambridge Dictionary:

discernment [formal approving]

the ability to judge people and things well (8 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/discernment

American Heritage Dictionary:

discernment

The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment. | Keenness of insight and judgment. (16 of 20 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/discernment

New World Dictionary:

discernment

an act or instance of discerning | the power of discerning; keen perception or judgment; insight; acumen (16 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/discernment

Encarta Dictionary:

discernment

good taste and judgment (4 of 15 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861605016​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

discernment

First use: 1580s

Origin: see "discern" + "-ment".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=discernment

discern

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French discerner (13th century) "distinguish (between), separate" (by sifting), and directly from Latin discernere "to separate, set ... (21 of 35 etymology words)

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-ment

Origin: suffix forming nouns, originally from French and representing Latin -mentum, which was added to verb stems sometimes to represent the result or ... (22 of 79 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=-ment

Wiktionary:

discernment | discernments [plural]

Origin: discern + -ment.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/discernment

discern | discerned [past tense] | discerning [present participle] | discerns [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English discernen, from Old French discerner, from Latin discernere ("to separate, divide, distinguish, discern"), from dis- ("apart") + cernere ("to separate"); see certain.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/discern

-ment | ⠰⠞

Origin: Late Latin -amentum, from -mentum via Old French -ment.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ment

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

discernment

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "discernment"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/discernment

Macmillan British Dictionary:

discernment [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "discernment"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/discernment

Macmillan American Dictionary:

discernment [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "discernment"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/discernment

Cambridge Dictionary:

discernment [formal approving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "discernment"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "discernment"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/discernment

the Free Dictionary:

discernment

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "discernment"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "discernment"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "discernment" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/discernment

Google Dictionary:

discernment | discernments [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "discernment"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

discernment

Audio: North American pronunciation of "discernment"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=discer​06 word=discernment

YourDictionary Audio:

discernment

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "discernment" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/discernment

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