discernment

  • 1Discernment — is a term used to describe the activity of determining the value and quality of a certain subject or event. Typically, it is used to describe the activity of going past the mere perception of something, to making detailed judgments about that… …

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  • 2discernment — discernment, discrimination, perception, penetration, insight, acumen are comparable when they denote keen intellectual vision. All imply power to see below the surface and to understand what is not evident to the average mind. Discernment… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3Discernment — Dis*cern ment, n. [Cf. F. discernement.] 1. The act of discerning. [1913 Webster] 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;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4discernment — I noun acuity, acumen, acuteness, apperception, appreciation, ascertainment, astuteness, clairvoyance, cleverness, cognition, comprehension, conclusion, conspection, diagnosis, discovery, discretion, discrimination, farsightedness, good sense,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5discernment — (n.) 1580s; see DISCERN (Cf. discern) + MENT (Cf. ment) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6discernment — [di zʉrn′mənt, dis sʉrn′mənt] n. 1. an act or instance of discerning 2. the power of discerning; keen perception or judgment; insight; acumen …

    English World dictionary

  • 7discernment — noun Date: 1586 1. the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure ; skill in discerning 2. an act of discerning Synonyms: discernment, discrimination, perception, penetration, insight, acumen mean a power to see what is not …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 8discernment — di|scern|ment [dıˈsə:nmənt US ə:r ] n [U] formal 1.) the ability to make good judgments about people or about art, music, style etc ▪ the woman s taste and discernment 2.) when you notice or understand something ▪ the discernment of opportunities …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9discernment — [[t]dɪsɜ͟ː(r)nmənt[/t]] N UNCOUNT Discernment is the ability to judge which things of a particular kind are good and which are bad. ...their lack of discernment and acceptance of inferior quality. Syn: judgement …

    English dictionary

  • 10discernment —    This word (from the Latin discernere, meaning to distinguish or to sift ) refers to the process of evaluating available options and then making a decision. Discernment of spirits refers to the process of deciding whether a course of action is… …

    Glossary of theological terms

  • 11discernment — Synonyms and related words: acuity, acumen, acuteness, apperception, astuteness, clear sight, cogency, color vision, cone vision, critical discernment, day vision, daylight vision, discrimination, eye, eye mindedness, eyesight, farseeingness,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 12discernment — noun (U) formal the ability to make good judgments about people or about art, music, style etc: I hope Pam shows more taste and discernment in choosing a husband …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13discernment — discerning ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing good judgement. DERIVATIVES discernment noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 14Discernment of Spirits — • In the restricted sense, spirits indicate the various spiritual agents which, by their suggestions and movements, may influence the moral value of our acts Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Discernment of Spirits      …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 15Discernment of Spirits — is a term in Roman Catholic theology to indicate judging various spiritual agents for their moral influence. These agents are: from within the human soul itself, known as concupiscence Divine Grace Angels Devils The first and the last being evil …

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  • 16discernment of spirits — Paul regards the ability to recognize gifts of the Spirit [[➝ spirit]] as itself a gift (1 Cor. 12:10); it enables a person to establish the presence or the absence of God or, a worse case, the activity of an evil power disguised as good. One… …

    Dictionary of the Bible