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sapient

[sey-pee-uh nt] /ˈseɪ pi ənt/
adjective
1.
having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
Origin of sapient
late Middle English
1425-1475
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
Related forms
sapience, sapiency, noun
sapiently, adverb
unsapient, adjective
unsapiently, adverb
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  • Miss Martineau also made up her mind to forgive these naughty girls, and to give them the benefit of her most sapient counsel.

    The Palace Beautiful L. T. Meade
  • Then the group of women at the gate separated with many a sapient comment.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • Dreams are, as a general thing, save in rare instances, sneered at by the wise ones of this sapient age.

    Tom Clark and His Wife Paschal Beverly Randolph
  • And the skipper gave his head a sapient nod, while the doctor shook his.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • But a sapient reader made all the people swim across without using the boat at all!

    The Canterbury Puzzles Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • “No doubt,” said Fritz, laughing at this sapient declaration.

    Fritz and Eric John Conroy Hutcheson
  • Many of the sapient censors of my work objected most strenuously to the disguising of my known methods and a loss of personality.

    Nat Goodwin's Book Nat C. Goodwin
  • I think I see them at their work—these sapient trouble-tombs.

  • This has an impartial air and a sapient sound, but it is gross folly and injustice.

    Shadows of the Stage William Winter
  • And what new instance of his immaculateness has induced this sapient belief?

    Alone Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for sapient

sapient

/ˈseɪpɪənt/
adjective
1.
(often ironic) wise or sagacious
Derived Forms
sapience, noun
sapiently, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin sapere to taste
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Word Origin and History for sapient
adj.

"wise," late 15c. (early 15c. as a surname), from Old French sapient, from Latin sapientem (nominative sapiens), present participle of sapere "to taste, have taste, be wise," from PIE root *sep- "to taste, perceive" (cf. Old Saxon an-sebban "to perceive, remark," Old High German antseffen, Old English sefa "mind, understanding, insight").

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