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1. discernment

noun. ['dɪˈsɝːnmənt'] the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations.

Synonyms

  • sense
  • circumspection
  • sagacity
  • indiscreetness
  • gumption
  • injudiciousness
  • eye
  • discretion
  • judiciousness
  • common sense
  • judgment
  • discreetness
  • sapience
  • horse sense
  • mother wit
  • wisdom
  • prudence
  • judgement
  • sagaciousness

Antonyms

  • injudiciousness
  • effector
  • inattention
  • powerlessness

Etymology

  • -ment (English)
  • -amentum (Latin)
  • discern (English)
  • discernen (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Words that Rhyme with Discernment

  • internment
  • adjournment

Example sentences of the word discernment


1. Noun, singular or mass
A seagull is one of the few birds with very little discernment about what it consumes.

2. Adjective
The rector will assemble a discernment committee, which will in turn examine your qualifications and suitability for priesthood.

Quotes containing the word discernment


1. To be a poet is to have a soul so quick to discern, that no shade of quality escapes it, and so quick to feel, that discernment is but a hand playing with finely-ordered variety on the chords of emotion--a soul in which knowledge passes instantaneously into feeling, and feeling flashes back as a new organ of knowledge.
- George Eliot, Middlemarch

2. Let discernment be your trustee, and mistakes your teacher.
- T.F. Hodge, From Within I Rise: Spiritual Triumph Over Death and Conscious Encounters with "The Divine Presence"

3. This is a time when all of God's people need to keep their eyes and their Bibles wide open. We must ask God for discernment as never before.
- David Jeremiah, Until Christ Returns: Living Faithfully Today While We Wait for Our Glorious Tomorrow

2. discernment

noun. ['dɪˈsɝːnmənt'] the trait of judging wisely and objectively.

Synonyms

  • wiseness
  • caution
  • wisdom
  • prudence
  • discretion

Antonyms

  • imprudence
  • incognizance
  • unwariness
  • wisdom

Etymology

  • -ment (English)
  • -amentum (Latin)
  • discern (English)
  • discernen (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. discernment

noun. ['dɪˈsɝːnmənt'] delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values).

Synonyms

  • appreciation
  • virtu
  • style
  • trend
  • taste
  • vertu
  • tasteful
  • perceptiveness
  • delicacy
  • discrimination
  • discretion
  • vogue
  • tasteless
  • culture
  • secernment

Antonyms

  • tasteless
  • judgment in personam
  • approval
  • tactlessness

Etymology

  • -ment (English)
  • -amentum (Latin)
  • discern (English)
  • discernen (Middle English (1100-1500))

4. discernment

noun. ['dɪˈsɝːnmənt'] the cognitive condition of someone who understands.

Synonyms

  • smattering
  • appreciation
  • brainwave
  • self-knowledge
  • understanding
  • realisation
  • hindsight
  • comprehension
  • knowing
  • hold
  • recognition
  • insight
  • savvy
  • brainstorm
  • apprehension
  • grasp
  • realization

Antonyms

  • badness
  • bad
  • unsoundness
  • inadvisability

Etymology

  • -ment (English)
  • -amentum (Latin)
  • discern (English)
  • discernen (Middle English (1100-1500))

5. discernment

noun. ['dɪˈsɝːnmənt'] perception of that which is obscure.

Synonyms

  • perception

Antonyms

  • judgment in rem
  • affirmation

Etymology

  • -ment (English)
  • -amentum (Latin)
  • discern (English)
  • discernen (Middle English (1100-1500))
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