dis·cern·ment /dɪˈsɝnmənt, ˈzɚ/
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 differences.
n 1: the cognitive condition of someone who understands; "he has
virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"
[syn: understanding, apprehension, savvy]
2: 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" [syn: taste, appreciation, perceptiveness]
3: perception of that which is obscure [syn: perceptiveness]
4: ability to make good judgments [syn: sagacity, sagaciousness,
5: the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of
discernment" [syn: discretion]