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DISCERNMENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discernment mean? 

DISCERNMENT (noun)
  The noun DISCERNMENT has 5 senses:

1. the cognitive condition of someone who understands
2. delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
3. perception of that which is obscure
4. the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
5. the trait of judging wisely and objectively

  Familiarity information: DISCERNMENT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCERNMENT (noun)


Sense 1discernment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The cognitive condition of someone who understands

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

discernment; savvy; understanding; apprehension

Context example:

he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect

Hypernyms ("discernment" is a kind of...):

knowing (a clear and certain mental apprehension)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discernment"):

brainstorm; brainwave; insight (the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation)

hindsight (understanding the nature of an event after it has happened)

grasping (understanding with difficulty)

appreciation; grasp; hold (understanding of the nature or meaning or quality or magnitude of something)

smattering (a slight or superficial understanding of a subject)

self-knowledge (an understanding of yourself and your goals and abilities)

comprehension (an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result))

realisation; realization; recognition (coming to understand something clearly and distinctly)


Sense 2discernment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

appreciation; discernment; perceptiveness; taste

Context examples:

arrogance and lack of taste contributed to his rapid success / to ask at that particular time was the ultimate in bad taste

Hypernyms ("discernment" is a kind of...):

discrimination; secernment (the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished)

Attribute:

tasteful (having or showing or conforming to good taste)

tasteless (lacking aesthetic or social taste)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discernment"):

culture (the tastes in art and manners that are favored by a social group)

delicacy; discretion (refined taste; tact)

style; trend; vogue (the popular taste at a given time)

connoisseurship; vertu; virtu (love of or taste for fine objects of art)


Sense 3discernment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perception of that which is obscure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

perceptiveness; discernment

Hypernyms ("discernment" is a kind of...):

perception (knowledge gained by perceiving)


Sense 4discernment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

sagaciousness; sagacity; discernment; judgement; judgment

Hypernyms ("discernment" is a kind of...):

sapience; wisdom (ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discernment"):

eye (good discernment (either visually or as if visually))

common sense; good sense; gumption; horse sense; mother wit; sense (sound practical judgment)

judiciousness (good judgment)

circumspection; discreetness; discretion; prudence (knowing how to avoid embarrassment or distress)

indiscreetness; injudiciousness (lacking good judgment)


Sense 5discernment [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The trait of judging wisely and objectively

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

discernment; discretion

Context example:

a man of discernment

Hypernyms ("discernment" is a kind of...):

wisdom; wiseness (the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "discernment"):

caution; circumspection (the trait of being circumspect and prudent)

prudence (discretion in practical affairs)


 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"Judge not, lest ye be judged." (English proverb)

"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I'll understand." (Native American proverb, tribe unknown)

"People follow the winner." (Arabic proverb)

"Let sleeping dogs lie." (Dutch proverb)

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