DISCERN in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of DISCERN
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discern
 v.  detect; perceive or recognize something
Classic Sentence: (103 in 7 pages)
1  Edmund did not discern any symptoms of regret, and thought his father a little unreasonable in supposing the first three or four days could produce any.
Mansfield Park By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVII
2  But the magistrate was half blind and half childish, so he couldn't reasonably be expected to discern what other people did.
Oliver Twist By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In CHAPTER III
3  They went by her, and at the moment of passing appeared to discern her dusky form.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 2: 3 How a Little Sound Produced a Great Dream
4  On the further side of a table bearing candles she could faintly discern faces, and that was all.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 2: 5 Through the Moonlight
5  Looking from one of them he could discern a pale, tragic face watching him drive away.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 5: 1 "Wherefore Is Light Given to Him That Is in Misery"
6  At length Thomasin reached a hollow and began to discern through the rain a faint blotted radiance, which presently assumed the oblong form of an open door.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 5: 8 Rain, Darkness, and Anxious Wanderers
7  Yeobright could now also discern the floating body, though but indistinctly; and imagining from Wildeve's plunge that there was life to be saved he was about to leap after.
Return of the Native By Thomas Hardy
Get Context   In BOOK 5: 9 Sights and Sounds Draw the Wanderers Together
8  I seemed to discern some signs of emotion upon the butler's white face.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 6. Baskerville Hall
9  Vaguely I could discern the black bank of the trees and the lighter expanse of the moor, for the moon was behind the clouds.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle
Get Context   In Chapter 9. The Light upon the Moor [Second Report of Dr. ...
10  There was no lamp near, and the window was thick with dust, so that we could only just discern each other's figures within.
The Return of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In I. THE ADVENTURE OF THE EMPTY HOUSE
11  It appalled her, nevertheless, to discern here, again, a shadowy reflection of the evil that had existed in herself.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In VI. PEARL
12  All this while Hester had been looking steadily at the old man, and was shocked, as well as wonder-smitten, to discern what a change had been wrought upon him within the past seven years.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XIV. HESTER AND THE PHYSICIAN
13  He must discern thee in thy true character.
The Scarlet Letter By Nathaniel Hawthorne
Get Context   In XIV. HESTER AND THE PHYSICIAN
14  By their uncertain light she thought she could discern it to be drawn by four horses; and this, while it told the excess of her poor mother's alarm, gave some explanation to such unexpected rapidity.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Get Context   In CHAPTER 43
15  Under the circumstances, I felt that Joe could hardly fail to discern in the pale young gentleman, an appropriate passenger to be put into the black velvet coach; therefore, I said nothing of him.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens
Get Context   In Chapter XII
Example Sentence: (17 in 2 pages)
1  You need a long series of data to be able to discern such a trend.
2  Anger rusts intellect so that it cannot discern right from wrong.
3  The man couldn't discern between right and wrong.
4  Some people find it difficult to discern blue from green.
5  In the gloom I could only just discern the outline of a building.
6  It is often difficult to discern the truth of an event from a newspaper report.
7  I could just discern a figure in the darkness.
8  Officials were keen to discern how much public support there was.
9  It is often difficult to discern how widespread public support is.
10  It is difficult to discern any pattern in these figures.
11  I discern in the course of the morning that Thornfield Hall was a changed place.
12  She is a very discerning art critic.
13  He said the carrier is ready for the transition and views it as an opportunity to attract discerning subscribers.
14  The discerning customer will recognize this as a high quality product.
15  Many things happen in the earth and sky with no discernible cause.