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Pronunciation:  di'surnmunt

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  1. [n]  the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"
  2. [n]  ability to make good judgments
  3. [n]  perception of that which is obscure
  4. [n]  delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values); "arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success"; "to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste"
  5. [n]  the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

DISCERNMENT is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: appreciation, apprehension, discretion, judgement, judgment, perceptiveness, sagaciousness, sagacity, savvy, taste, understanding
 See Also: brainstorm, brainwave, caution, circumspection, circumspection, common sense, comprehension, connoisseurship, culture, delicacy, discreetness, discretion, discrimination, eye, good sense, grasp, grasping, gumption, hold, horse sense, indiscreetness, injudiciousness, insight, judiciousness, knowing, mother wit, perception, prudence, prudence, realisation, realization, recognition, sapience, secernment, self-knowledge, sense, smattering, style, trend, vertu, virtu, vogue, wisdom, wisdom, wiseness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*cern"ment\, n. [Cf. F. discernement.]
1. The act of discerning.

2. The power or faculty of the mind by which it distinguishes
   one thing from another; power of viewing differences in
   objects, and their relations and tendencies; penetrative
   and discriminate mental vision; acuteness; sagacity;
   insight; as, the errors of youth often proceed from the
   want of discernment.

Syn: Judgment; acuteness; discrimination; penetration;
     sagacity; insight. -- {Discernment}, {Penetration},
     {Discrimination}. Discernment is keenness and accuracy
     of mental vision; penetration is the power of seeing
     deeply into a subject in spite of everything that
     intercepts the view; discrimination is a capacity of
     tracing out minute distinctions and the nicest shades of
     thought. A discerning man is not easily misled; one of a
     penetrating mind sees a multitude of things which escape
     others; a discriminating judgment detects the slightest

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: acuity, acumen, acuteness, apperception, astuteness, clear sight, cogency, color vision, cone vision, critical discernment, day vision, daylight vision, discrimination, eye, eye-mindedness, eyesight, farseeingness, farsight, farsightedness, field of view, field of vision, flair, foresight, foresightedness, horizon, incisiveness, insight, intuition, judgment, keen sight, keenness, ken, longheadedness, longsightedness, night vision, penetration, perception, perceptiveness, percipience, peripheral field, peripheral vision, perspicaciousness, perspicacity, perspicuity, perspicuousness, photopia, power of sight, providence, purview, quick sight, range, reason, rod vision, sagaciousness, sagacity, scope, scotopia, seeing, sense of sight, sensibility, shrewdness, sight, sightedness, sweep, trenchancy, twilight vision, unobstructed vision, vision, visual acuity, visual field, visual sense, wit