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sage1

[seyj] /seɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
2.
someone venerated for the possession of wisdom, judgment, and experience.
adjective, sager, sagest.
3.
wise, judicious, or prudent:
sage advice.
Origin of sage1
1250-1300
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 forms
sagely, adverb
sageness, noun
Synonyms
1. philosopher. 3. sagacious.
Antonyms
1. fool.
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  • Pederson was still fumbling for his gun, and sager hadn't yet started for his.

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  • He went down, and sager was on top of him before he struck the floor.

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  • Somehow, sager managed to get one hand on the gun, twisting it.

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  • At first, sager was terrified when he learned what had happened to him.

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  • Outnumbered and overpowered, it seemed as though sager had no chance.

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  • At seventy you are sager than ever, though scarcely so strong.

  • As soon as sager and Pederson realized what had happened, they leaped—mentally—into the battle.

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  • Houston was already charging toward the open door, hoping to get inside before sager could reach a weapon.

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  • sager instantly realized that he had delivered, inadvertently, a telling blow to Houston's mind.

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  • Synchronizing perfectly, five minds began to probe at the walls that sager had built up around his personality.

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British Dictionary definitions for sager

sage1

/seɪdʒ/
noun
1.
a man revered for his profound wisdom
adjective
2.
profoundly wise or prudent
3.
(obsolete) solemn
Derived Forms
sagely, adverb
sageness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin sapere to be sensible; see sapient

sage2

/seɪdʒ/
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 sager

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.

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