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Wisdom vs. Discernment

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Main Difference

The main difference between Wisdom and Discernment is that the Wisdom is a deep understanding of or knowledge of a subject and Discernment is a activity of determining the value and quality of a certain subject.

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  • Wisdom (noun)

    An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.

  • Wisdom (noun)

    A piece of wise advice.

  • Wisdom (noun)

    The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.

  • Wisdom (noun)

    The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.

  • Wisdom (noun)

    The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.

  • Wisdom (noun)

    The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.

  • Discernment (noun)

    The ability to distinguish; judgement.

  • Discernment (noun)

    Discrimination.

  • Discernment (noun)

    The ability to distinguish between things.

  • Discernment (noun)

    The ability to perceive differences that exist.

  • Discernment (noun)

    The condition of understanding.

  • Discernment (noun)

    Aesthetic discrimination; taste, appreciation.

  • Discernment (noun)

    Perceptiveness.

  • Discernment (noun)

    The ability to make wise judgements; sagacity.

  • Discernment (noun)

    Discretion in judging objectively.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Wisdom (noun)

    The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgment; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity.

  • Wisdom (noun)

    The results of wise judgments; scientific or practical truth; acquired knowledge; erudition.

  • Discernment (noun)

    The act of discerning.

  • Discernment (noun)

    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.

Webster Dictionary
  • Wisdom (noun)

    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

  • Wisdom (noun)

    the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

  • Wisdom (noun)

    ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

  • Wisdom (noun)

    the quality of being prudent and sensible

  • Wisdom (noun)

    an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC

  • Discernment (noun)

    the cognitive condition of someone who understands;

    "he has virtually no understanding of social cause and effect"

  • Discernment (noun)

    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"

  • Discernment (noun)

    perception of that which is obscure

  • Discernment (noun)

    ability to make good judgments

  • Discernment (noun)

    the trait of judging wisely and objectively;

    "a man of discernment"

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