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Having great wisdom and discernment.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sapiēns, sapient-, present participle of sapere, to taste, be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.]

sa′pi·ence n.
sa′pi·ent′ial (-ĕn′chəl) adj.
sa′pi·ent·ly adv.


often ironic wise or sagacious
[C15: from Latin sapere to taste]
ˈsapience n
ˈsapiently adv


(ˈseɪ pi ənt)

1. having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
[1425–75; < Latin sapient-, s. of sapiēns, present participle of sapere to be wise, literally, to taste, have taste]
sa′pi•ence, sa′pi•en•cy, n.
sa′pi•ent•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sapient - acutely insightful and wise; "much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument"; "observant and thoughtful, he was given to asking sagacious questions"; "a source of valuable insights and sapient advice to educators"
wise - having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; "a wise leader"; "a wise and perceptive comment"


1. Possessing or showing sound judgment and keen perception:
2. Possessing, proceeding from, or exhibiting good judgment and prudence:
References in classic literature ?
So sang the Hierarchies: Mean while the Son On his great Expedition now appeer'd, Girt with Omnipotence, with Radiance crown'd Of Majestie Divine, Sapience and Love Immense, and all his Father in him shon.
''Sapiences soufies'' est le theme de la sixieme edition du festival de la culture soufie qui aura lieu du 12 au 14 avril a Fes.