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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.