- the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
- scholarly knowledge or learning: the wisdom of the schools.
- wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
- a wise act or saying.
- (initial capital letter) Douay Bible. Wisdom of Solomon.
Origin of wisdom
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- the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight
- accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment
- archaic a wise saying or wise sayings or teachings
- obsolete soundness of mind
Word Origin and History for wisdomless
Old English wisdom, from wis (see wise (adj.)) + -dom. A common Germanic compound (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian wisdom, Old Norse visdomr, Old High German wistuom "wisdom," German Weistum "judicial sentence serving as a precedent"). Wisdom teeth so called from 1848 (earlier teeth of wisdom, 1660s), a loan-translation of Latin dentes sapientiae, itself a loan-translation of Greek sophronisteres (used by Hippocrates, from sophron "prudent, self-controlled"), so called because they usually appear ages 17-25, when a person reaches adulthood.