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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.


(ˌseɪpɪˈɛnʃəl; ˌsæpɪ-)
showing, having, or providing wisdom
ˌsapiˈentially adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sapiential - characterized by wisdom, especially the wisdom of God; "a sapiential government"
wise - having or prompted by wisdom or discernment; "a wise leader"; "a wise and perceptive comment"
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A decisive shift occurs, however, in diaspora Judaism, as shown particularly by 4Q Sapiential Work A and Wisdom of Solomon.
As the distillation of generations of learned scribes, the Book of Proverbs is an excellent source for the sapiential tradition in the Old Testament.
It is an important word that is found very frequently in sapiential texts still to be published officially, but so far no one seems to have discerned its proper meaning.
underscores the sapiential interlocking of Rahner's theology and spirituality, that is, a theology always grounded in living faith.
See his "Existential and Sapiential Theology--the Theological Confrontation between Luther and Thomas Aquinas," in Catholic Scholars Dialogue with Luther, ed.
The encyclical outlines three essential elements: In the first place, any such philosophy must have a sapiential dimension, that is, it must be a search for the ultimate and overarching meaning of life.
Sensus fidei is this practical sapiential and critical sense; it is faith knowledge applied in the concrete everyday, bridging theory and praxis, doctrine and life.
10:1-3] introduce the reader to the full dimensions of wisdom," the sapiential, the ethical, and the religious (111-12).
4) Still others describe the difference in terms of sapiential vs.
has incorporated sapiential aspirations while advancing an overriding theme: be faithful to God and Torah, realizing that divine providence works within the framework of ordinary events.
MacIntyre eschews the medieval sapiential style of Aquinas, characteristic of Catholicism and emphasized by French and German scholars in this century, and prefers a style of conflict and fragmentation.