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wis·dom

 (wĭz′dəm)
n.
1. The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.
2. Common sense; good judgment: "It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things" (Henry David Thoreau).
3.
a. The sum of learning through the ages; knowledge: "In those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations" (Maya Angelou).
b. Wise teachings of the ancient sages.
4. A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.
5. Wisdom Bible Wisdom of Solomon.

[Middle English, from Old English wīsdōm; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

wisdom

(ˈwɪzdəm)
n
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
[Old English wīsdōm; see wise1, -dom]

wis•dom

(ˈwɪz dəm)

n.
1. the quality or state of being wise; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
2. scholarly knowledge or learning.
3. wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
4. a wise act or saying.
[before 900; Middle English, Old English wīsdōm; see wise1, -dom]

Wisdom


a maxim, axiom, proverb, or old saying.
a collection of teachings, as the Analects of Confucius.
a superior form of wisdom, as that of the Gnostics, supposed to have been acquired mystically. See also mysticism.
maxims or sayings attributed to a religious leader. See also christ; religion.
Rare. a proposition or maxim. See also drama; grammar.
an excessive respect for one’s own wisdom.

Wisdom

 

See Also: EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE

  1. Chewing over their combined worldly wisdom like so many puppies with a shoe —Mary Ladd Cavell

    The wisdom in CavelPs story, The Rotifer, is being shared by three apartment mates.

  2. The heart of the wise man lies quiet like limpid water —Cameroonian proverb
  3. The heart of the wise, like a mirror, should reflect all objects, without being sullied —Confucius
  4. If a man is as wise as a serpent, he can afford to be as harmless as a dove —Josh Billings

    This is an elaboration of “Harmless as a dove” which dates back to the Bible. In Billings’ phonetic dialect this reads, “Iz az wize az a serpent.”

  5. Insight as keen as frosty star —William Wordsworth
  6. A learned man is a tank; a wise man is a spring —William R. Alger
  7. String of wise jests … like gold links —Penelope Gilliatt
  8. To learn a person’s life … like learning a language, you must start with the little things, the little pictures —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer
  9. Wisdom and virtue are like two wheels of a cart —Japanese proverb See Also: VIRTUE
  10. Wisdom in a poor man is like a diamond set in lead —H. G. Bohn’s Handbook of Proverbs
  11. Wisdom is like fire: a little enlightens, much burns —Moses Ibn Ezra
  12. Wisdom is like gold ore, mixed with stones and dust —Moses Ibn Ezra
  13. Wisdom, like life itself, appeared to me to be comprised of continuing progress, of starting over again, of patience —Marguerite Yourcenar
  14. Wisdom, like perfume, rises out of its own essence —Norman Mailer
  15. Wisdom shook itself like a drop off a dog (and he lost it) —Cynthia Ozick
  16. Wise as a wisp —George Garrett
  17. Wise as heaven —Algernon Charles Swinburne
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wisdom - accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
abstrusity, profundity, reconditeness, profoundness, abstruseness - wisdom that is recondite and abstruse and profound; "the anthropologist was impressed by the reconditeness of the native proverbs"
2.wisdom - the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
judiciousness, sagaciousness, sagacity - the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
knowledgeability, knowledgeableness, initiation - wisdom as evidenced by the possession of knowledge; "his knowledgeability impressed me"; "his dullness was due to lack of initiation"
statecraft, statesmanship, diplomacy - wisdom in the management of public affairs
discernment, discretion - the trait of judging wisely and objectively; "a man of discernment"
folly, foolishness, unwiseness - the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
3.wisdom - ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
deepness, astuteness, profoundness, profundity, depth - the intellectual ability to penetrate deeply into ideas
sagaciousness, sagacity, discernment, judgement, judgment - the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
know-how - the (technical) knowledge and skill required to do something
4.wisdom - the quality of being prudent and sensible
goodness, good - that which is pleasing or valuable or useful; "weigh the good against the bad"; "among the highest goods of all are happiness and self-realization"
advisability - the quality of being advisable; "they questioned the advisability of our policy"
reasonableness - goodness of reason and judgment; "the judiciary is built on the reasonableness of judges"
5.Wisdom - an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
Apocrypha - 14 books of the Old Testament included in the Vulgate (except for II Esdras) but omitted in Jewish and Protestant versions of the Bible; eastern Christian churches (except the Coptic Church) accept all these books as canonical; the Russian Orthodox Church accepts these texts as divinely inspired but does not grant them the same status
sapiential book, wisdom book, wisdom literature - any of the biblical books (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Wisdom of Solomon, Ecclesiasticus) that are considered to contain wisdom

wisdom

noun
2. knowledge, learning, philosophy, scholarship, lore Semitic wisdom, religion and faith
3. prudence, reason, sense, intelligence, logic, circumspection, astuteness, judiciousness Many have expressed doubts about the wisdom of the decision.
prudence bêtise (rare), nonsense, folly, stupidity, absurdity, foolishness, silliness, idiocy, senselessness, daftness (informal), injudiciousness
Related words
adjective sagacious
like sophomania
Quotations
"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers" [Alfred, Lord Tennyson Locksley Hall]
"Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means" [Francis Hutcheson Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue]
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook" [William James Principles of Psychology]
"Be wiser than other people if you can, but do not tell them so" [Lord Chesterfield]
"wise enough to play the fool" [William Shakespeare Twelfth Night]
"The price of wisdom is above rubies" Bible: Job
"Some folks are wise, and some are otherwise" [Tobias Smollett Roderick Random]
"But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?" Bible: Job
"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding" Bible: Proverbs
"It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen" [Oliver Wendell Holmes The Poet at the Breakfast-Table]
Proverbs
"Don't teach your grandmother to suck eggs"

wisdom

noun
1. Deep, thorough, or mature understanding:
2. The ability to make sensible decisions:
Informal: gumption, horse sense.
3. That which is known; the sum of what has been perceived, discovered, or inferred:
Translations
حِكْمَةحِكْمَه
moudrost
visdomindsigtklogskab
tarkus
viisaus
mudrost
bölcsesség
hyggindi, dómgreind, vísdómur
賢明
지혜
múdrosť
modrost
visdom
สติปัญญา ความเฉลียวฉลาด
akıllılıkbilgelikzeka
sự thông thái

wisdom

[ˈwɪzdəm]
A. Nsabiduría f
he is a man of great wisdomes un hombre de gran sabiduría
I question the wisdom of that decisiondudo que sea una decisión acertada
I would question the wisdom of attempting such a thingno me parece acertado intentarlo
in my wisdom, I decided to ignore their advice (iro) → dando muestras de mi gran sabiduría, decidí hacer caso omiso de su consejo
B. CPD wisdom tooth Nmuela f del juicio

wisdom

[ˈwɪzdəm] n
[person] → sagesse f
[society, culture] → sagesse f
[decision, action] → sagesse fwisdom tooth ndent f de sagesse

wisdom

nWeisheit f; (= prudence)Einsicht f; to show great wisdomgroße Klugheit or Einsicht zeigen; to doubt the wisdom of somethingbezweifeln, ob etw klug or sinnvoll ist; the conventional wisdomdie herkömmliche Überzeugung

wisdom

[ˈwɪzdm] n (of person) → saggezza; (of remark, action) → opportunità

wise

(waiz) adjective
1. having gained a great deal of knowledge from books or experience or both and able to use it well.
2. sensible. You would be wise to do as he suggests; a wise decision.
ˈwisely adverb
wisdom (ˈwizdəm) noun
Wisdom comes with experience.
wisdom tooth (ˈwizdəm-)
any one of the four back teeth cut after childhood, usually about the age of twenty.
ˈwisecrack noun
a joke.
wise guy
a person who (shows that he) thinks that he is smart, knows everything etc.
be wise to
to be fully aware of. He thinks I'm going to give him some money, but I'm wise to his plan.
none the wiser
not knowing any more than before. He tried to explain the rules to me, but I'm none the wiser.
put (someone) wise
to tell, inform (someone) of the real facts.

wisdom

حِكْمَة moudrost visdom Weisheit σοφία sabiduría viisaus sagesse mudrost saggezza 賢明 지혜 wijsheid klokhet mądrość sabedoria мудрость visdom สติปัญญา ความเฉลียวฉลาด zeka sự thông thái 智慧
References in classic literature ?
The more you love and trust Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom.
This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight--perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.
Offer your prayers to Him who can give us wisdom to circumvent the cunning of the devils who fill these woods," calmly interrupted the scout, "but spare your offers of money, which neither you may live to realize, nor I to profit by.
Andrews, from the depth of his wisdom, "are all like that; your mother, my mother.
Then, also, the augury of ill-success, uttered from the sure wisdom of experience, fell upon her half-dead hope like a clod into a grave.
They seemed to have flung away all the golden grain of practical wisdom, which they had enjoyed so many opportunities of harvesting, and most carefully to have stored their memory with the husks.
With anxious grapnels I had sounded my pocket, and only brought up a few pieces of silver, --So, wherever you go, Ishmael, said I to myself, as I stood in the middle of a dreary street shouldering my bag, and comparing the gloom towards the north with the darkness towards the south --wherever in your wisdom you may conclude to lodge for the night, my dear Ishmael, be sure to inquire the price, and don't be too particular.
Rather carried down alive to wondrous depths, where strange shapes of the unwarped primal world glided to and fro before his passive eyes; and the miser-merman, Wisdom, revealed his hoarded heaps; and among the joyous, heartless, ever-juvenile eternities, Pip saw the multitudinous, God-omnipresent, coral insects, that out of the firmament of waters heaved the colossal orbs.
And Mandy, who had never in her life thought of the meaning of a word she had heard, more than a black cat, now took airs of superior wisdom, and strutted about, forgetting to state that, though actually coiled up among the jugs at the time specified, she had been fast asleep all the time.
Shall we not have the advantage of this wisdom and honesty, nevertheless?
So we had given the thing up, for the present; it would be poor wisdom to antagonize the Church.
Happy is Evenus, I said to myself, if he really has this wisdom, and teaches at such a moderate charge.