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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To sapient
Collins
World English Dictionary
sapient (ˈseɪpɪənt)
 
adj
ironic often wise or sagacious
 
[C15: from Latin sapere to taste]
 
'sapience
 
n
 
'sapiently
 
adv

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
There is a simplicity to the combination of the few ingredients, yet a sapient harmony.
Nevertheless, the sapient exploration geologist can find upon it significant regional features not apparent to the untrained user.
Nevertheless, the sapient exploration geologist can find upon it significant regional features.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature