sapience

sapient

[sey-pee-uhnt]
adjective
having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English sapyent < Latin sapient- (stem of sapiēns, present participle of sapere to be wise, literally, to taste, have taste), equivalent to sapi- verb stem + -ent- -ent

sapience, sapiency, noun
sapiently, adverb
unsapient, adjective
unsapiently, adverb
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sapient (ˈseɪpɪənt)
 
adj
ironic often wise or sagacious
 
[C15: from Latin sapere to taste]
 
'sapience
 
n
 
'sapiently
 
adv

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sapient
"wise," 1468, from O.Fr. sapient, from L. sapientem (nom. sapiens), prp. of sapere "to taste, have taste, be wise," from PIE base *sep- "to taste, perceive" (cf. O.S. an-sebban "to perceive, remark," O.H.G. antseffen, O.E. sefa "mind, understanding, insight"). Sapience "wisdom, understanding" is recorded
from c.1300.
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