discriminate (verb) – to make distinctions or differentiate; to note as different; to act with prejudice based on perceived differences
BREAKDOWN: DIS- (apart) + CRIM- (judgment) + -ATE (to make or do)
— discriminating means perceptive or discerning
— discrimination describes the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex
This word is built on the root CRIM-, which means judgment, accusation, or legal offense.
Common CRIM- words include crime and criminal.
More esoteric CRIM- words include recriminatory.