KJV Dictionary Definition: discern
DISCERN, v.t. s as z. L., to separate or distinguish, Gr.
1. To separate by the eye, or by the understanding. Hence,
2. To distinguish; to see the difference between two or more things; to discriminate; as, to discern the blossom-buds from the leaf-buds of plants.
Discern thou what is thine--Genesis 31.
3. To make the difference.
For nothing else discerns the virtue or the vice.
4. To discover; to see; to distinguish by the eye.
I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. Proverbs 7.
5. To discover by the intellect; to distinguish; hence, to have knowledge of; to judge.
So is my lord the king to discern good and bad. 2 Samuel 14.
A wise mans heart discerneth time and judgment. Ecclesiastes 8.
1. To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood.
2. To have judicial cognizance.
DISCERNED, pp. Distinguished; seen; discovered.
1. One who sees, discovers or distinguishes; an observer.
2. One who knows and judges; one who has the power of distinguishing.
He was a great observer and discerner of mens natures and humors.
3. That which distinguishes; or that which causes to understand.
The word of God is quick and powerful--a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4.
DISCERNIBLE, a. That may be seen distinctly; discoverable by the eye or the understanding; distinguishable. A star is discernible by the eye; the identity or difference of ideas is discernible by the understanding.
DISCERNIBLENESS, n. Visibleness.
DISCERNIBLY, adv. In a manner to be discerned, seen or discovered; visibly.
1. Distinguishing; seeing; discovering; knowing; judging.
2. a. Having power to discern; capable of seeing, discriminating, knowing and judging; sharp-sighted; penetrating; acute; as a discerning man or mind.
DISCERNING, n. The act of discerning; discernment.
DISCERNINGLY, adv. With discernment; acutely; with judgment; skillfully.
DISCERNMENT, n. The act of discerning; also, the power or faculty of the mind, by which it distinguishes one thing from another, as truth from falsehood, virtue from vice; acuteness of judgment; power of perceiving differences of things or ideas, and their relations and tendencies. The errors of youth often proceed from the want of discernment.