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[in-sip-ee-uh ns]
noun Archaic.
  1. lack of wisdom; foolishness.
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Origin of insipience

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin insipientia foolishness, equivalent to insipient- stem of insipiēns foolish (in- in-3 + -sipient-, combining form of sapient- sapient) + -ia; see -ence
Related formsin·sip·i·ent, adjectivein·sip·i·ent·ly, adverb
Can be confusedincipient insipid insipient
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Examples from the Web for insipience

Historical Examples

  • Their anfractuousness, their insipience, and their turpitude, are no longer amphibological.

    Deformities of Samuel Johnson, Selected from his Works


British Dictionary definitions for insipience


  1. archaic lack of wisdom
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Derived Formsinsipient, adjectiveinsipiently, adverb

Word Origin

C15: from Latin insipientia, from in- 1 + sapientia wisdom; see sapient
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Word Origin and History for insipience


early 15c., "lack of wisdom, foolishness," from Old French insipience, from Latin insipientia "folly," from insipientem (see insipient).

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