Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1word1day,
Lizet Elaine

Tuesday word: Discern

Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

Discern (verb)
dis·cern [dih-surn, -zurn]

verb (used with object)
1. to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend: They discerned a sail on the horizon.
2. to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate: He is incapable of discerning right from wrong.

verb (used without object)
3. to distinguish or discriminate.

Related forms
dis·cern·er, noun
pre·dis·cern, verb (used with object)
un·dis·cerned, adjective

Related Words
detect, foresee, anticipate, perceive, differentiate, determine, ascertain, distinguish, discriminate, divine, rubberneck, notice, espy, separate, read, remark, spot, discover, extricate, focus

See more synonyms on
1. discover, descry, espy.
2, 3. differentiate, judge.

Examples from the Web for discern
Contemporary Examples

But, as far as I can discern, they do focused, pragmatic work.
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COEXIST’s Bonehead Bumper-Sticker Politics
Michael Schulson
December 21, 2014

The addicting ditty “One of These Things” was used to help children learn to compare and discern differences.
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‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
Emily Shire
November 10, 2014

Meaning, one was left to discern, that religion is self-evidently a coercive force for ill.
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Karen Armstrong’s New Rule: Religion Isn’t Responsible for Violence
Patricia Pearson
October 29, 2014

Lately though it seems the line between spin and reality is harder to discern.
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When Campaign Spin Becomes Fact
Stuart Stevens
March 21, 2014

Rational people, they contend, would take the time to discern whether the person behind the weapon was an actual threat.
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The Scare Campaign of Open Carry Activists
Brandy Zadrozny
November 18, 2013

Historical Examples
The physical facts couldn't be denied, and beyond the physical facts I could discern nothing.
The Conquest of Fear
Basil King

In the nearer ranks we may discern the variety of ingredients that compose the mass.
Biographical Sketches
Nathaniel Hawthorne

The second course was so equal that the keenest judges could not discern any vantage.
The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle

Within the door of the cottage you discern the wife, with her ruddy English cheek.
Main Street
Nathaniel Hawthorne

She had an eye to discern, and a courage to seize, an important crisis.
Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I
Francis Augustus Cox

Origin: 1300–50; Middle English (< Old French ) < Latin discernere to separate, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + cernere to separate
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