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sage1

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noun
  1. a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
  2. someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.
adjective, sag·er, sag·est.
  1. wise, judicious, or prudent: sage advice.

Origin of sage1

1250–1300; Middle English (noun and adj.) < Old French < Late Latin sapidus wise, tasteful (Latin: tasty), equivalent to sap(ere) to know, be wise, orig. to taste (see sapient) + -idus -id4
Related formssage·ly, adverbsage·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. philosopher. 3. sagacious.

Antonyms

1. fool.
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Examples from the Web for sagely

Historical Examples

  • She must be very sure of him, thought the little Italian sagely.

    The Innocent Adventuress

    Mary Hastings Bradley

  • At the entrance, Verelst, pretexting a pretext, sagely dropped out.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • "First impressions are always best, I find," she said sagely.

    Miss Pat at School</p>

    Pemberton Ginther

  • "A woman is never too young to adore some man," said Marjorie, sagely.

    Four Days</p>

    Hetty Hemenway

  • "It takes two to make a quarrel, though," answered Tom sagely.

    Left End Edwards

    Ralph Henry Barbour


British Dictionary definitions for sagely

sage1

noun
  1. a man revered for his profound wisdom
adjective
  1. profoundly wise or prudent
  2. obsolete solemn
Derived Formssagely, adverbsageness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from Latin sapere to be sensible; see sapient

sage2

noun
  1. a perennial Mediterranean plant, Salvia officinalis, having grey-green leaves and purple, blue, or white flowers: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
  2. the leaves of this plant, used in cooking for flavouring
  3. short for sagebrush

Word Origin

C14: from Old French saulge, from Latin salvia, from salvus safe, in good health (from the curative properties attributed to the plant)
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Word Origin and History for sagely

adv.

c.1400, from sage (adj.) + -ly (2).

sage

adj.

"wise," c.1300 (late 12c. as a surname), from Old French sage "wise, knowledgeable, learned; shrewd, skillful" (11c.), from Gallo-Romance *sabius, from Vulgar Latin *sapius, from Latin sapere "have a taste, have good taste, be wise," from PIE root *sap- "to taste" (see sap (n.1)). Meaning "characterized by wisdom" is from 1530s. Related: Sageness.

sage

n.1

kind of herb (Salvia officinalis), early 14c., from Old French sauge (13c.), from Latin salvia, from salvus "healthy" (see safe (adj.)). So called for its healing or preserving qualities (it was used to keep teeth clean and relieve sore gums, and boiled in water to make a drink to alleviate arthritis). In English folklore, sage, like parsley, is said to grow best where the wife is dominant. In late Old English as salvie, directly from Latin. Cf. German Salbei, also from Latin.

sage

n.2

"man of profound wisdom," mid-14c., from sage (adj.). Originally applied to the Seven Sages -- Thales, Solon, Periander, Cleobulus, Chilon, Bias, and Pittacus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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