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sage1

[seyj] /seɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
2.
someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.
adjective, sager, sagest.
3.
wise, judicious, or prudent:
sage advice.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Old French < Late Latin sapidus wise, tasteful (Latin: tasty), equivalent to sap(ere) to know, be wise, orig. to taste (see sapient) + -idus -id4
Related forms
sagely, adverb
sageness, noun
Synonyms
1. philosopher. 3. sagacious.
Antonyms
1. fool.
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Examples for sagely
  • And the members of the panel sagely nodded their heads.
British Dictionary definitions for sagely

sage1

/seɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a man revered for his profound wisdom
adjective
2.
profoundly wise or prudent
3.
(obsolete) solemn
Derived Forms
sagely, adverb
sageness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin sapere to be sensible; see sapient

sage2

/seɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a perennial Mediterranean plant, Salvia officinalis, having grey-green leaves and purple, blue, or white flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2.
the leaves of this plant, used in cooking for flavouring
3.
short for sagebrush
Word Origin
C14: from Old French saulge, from Latin salvia, from salvus safe, in good health (from the curative properties attributed to the plant)
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Word Origin and History for sagely
adv.

c.1400, from sage (adj.) + -ly (2).

sage

adj.

"wise," c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sage "wise, knowledgeable, learned; shrewd, skillful" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *sabius, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere "have a taste, have good taste, be wise," from PIE root *sap- "to taste" (see sap (n.1)). Meaning "characterized by wisdom" is from 1530s. Related: Sageness.

n.

kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), early 14c., from Old French sauge (13c.), from Latin salvia, from salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). So called for its healing or preserving qualities (it was used to keep teeth clean and relieve sore gums, and boiled in water to make a drink to alleviate arthritis). In English folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where the wife is dominant. In late Old English as salvie, directly from Latin. Cf. German Salbei, also from Latin.

"man of profound wisdom," mid-14c., from sage (adj.). Originally applied to the Seven Sages -- Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus.

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SAGE

Russian-American Gallium Experiment; formerly Soviet-American Gallium Experiment
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