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To Discríminate. v.a. [discrimino, Latin.]

  1. To mark with notes of difference; to distinguish by certain tokens from another.

    Oysters and cockles and muscles, which move not, have no discriminate sex. Bacon’s Natural History, №. 875.

    There are three sorts of it differing in fineness from each other, and discriminated by the natives by three peculiar names. Boyle.

    The right hand is discriminated from the left by a natural, necessary, and never to be confounded distinction. South.

    Although the features of his countenance be no reason of obedience, yet they may serve to discriminate him from any other person, whom she is not to obey. Stillingfleet.

    There may be ways of discriminating the voice; as by acuteness and gravity, the several degrees of rising and falling from one tone or note to another. Holder.

  2. To select or separate from others.

    You owe little less for what you are not, than for what you are, to that discriminating mercy, to which alone you owe your exemption from miseries Boyle.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Boyle, Robert (84) · Holder, William (38) · South, Robert (158) · Stillingfleet, Edward (37)

Attributes: Latin (690) · Verb Active (289)

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