Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who, or that which, discerns, distinguishes, or judges.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, discerns, distinguishes, perceives, or judges.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who discerns; one who observes or perceives.
  • n. That which distinguishes or separates; that which serves as a ground or means of discrimination.

Etymologies

discern +‎ -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Hebrews 4:12 NKJV says: "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

    3:00am musings on a couple of things

  • Your filial goodness, Sir, affects me: but, with the consciousness that must have accompanied the words, would not that, to so nice a discerner, have been to own, that I thought the tender emotion wanted an apology?

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Il tourna faiblement la tête où je pu discerner un sourire…

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • He, however, who is obtrusive with his eyes as a discerner, how can he ever see more of anything than its foreground!

    Thus spake Zarathustra; A book for all and none

  • For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    Hebrews 4.

  • Henry Gamadge, a modest, endearing man, scholar, bibliophile, expert (he hated the word) discerner of forged manuscripts, found himself in the midst of murder in a Maine resort.

    Working Murder

  • God's word is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

    Our Man In Heaven: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews

  • And so that word also, in its place and use, "pierceth even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner," or passeth a critical judgment on "the thoughts and intents of the heart," or makes manifest the secrets of men's hearts, as it is here expressed.

    Pneumatologia

  • The Apostle to the Hebrews in a most excellent manner describes the efficacy which is impressed on this instrument by the Holy Spirit, in these words: "For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

    The Works of James Arminius, Vol. 1

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