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wisdom

[wiz-duh m] /ˈwɪz dəm/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
2.
scholarly knowledge or learning:
the wisdom of the schools.
3.
wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
4.
a wise act or saying.
5.
(initial capital letter) Douay Bible. Wisdom of Solomon.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English wīsdōm; cognate with Old Norse vīsdōmr, German Weistum. See wise1, -dom
Related forms
wisdomless, adjective
Synonyms
1. sense, understanding. 2. sapience, erudition, enlightenment. See information.
Antonyms
1. stupidity. 2. ignorance.
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  • We also need to ask why the common wisdom seems to be the opposite.
  • The conventional wisdom that prevailed until recently made a lot more sense.
  • We cannot reach any agreed wisdom by reducing these writers to their lowest common denominator.
  • There is in wildness a natural wisdom that shapes all earth's experiments with life.
  • Conventional wisdom says the universe is infinite.
  • Our present intellectual superiority is no guarantee of great wisdom or survival power in our genes.
  • Conventional wisdom says such discoveries should not be happening now.
  • Much wisdom about the ageing brain has recently been overturned.
  • We all need to understand some things that are true and basic for our survival and our development of wisdom.
  • He said that there had been times when he had questioned the wisdom of his efforts.
British Dictionary definitions for wisdom

wisdom

/ˈwɪzdəm/
noun
1.
the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight
2.
accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment
3.
(archaic) a wise saying or wise sayings or teachings
4.
(obsolete) soundness of mind
related
adjective sagacious
Word Origin
Old English wīsdōm; see wise1, -dom
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Word Origin and History for wisdom
n.

Old English wisdom, from wis (see wise (adj.)) + -dom. A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wisdom, Old Norse visdomr, Old High German wistuom "wisdom," German Weistum "judicial sentence serving as a precedent"). Wisdom teeth so called from 1848 (earlier teeth of wisdom, 1660s), a loan-translation of Latin dentes sapientiae, itself a loan-translation of Greek sophronisteres (used by Hippocrates, from sophron "prudent, self-controlled"), so called because they usually appear ages 17-25, when a person reaches adulthood.

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