sapient

[sey-pee-uh nt]
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Origin of sapient

1425–75; late Middle English sapyent < Latin sapient- (stem of sapiēns, present participle of sapere to be wise, literally, to taste, have taste), equivalent to sapi- verb stem + -ent- -ent
Related formssa·pi·ence, sa·pi·en·cy, nounsa·pi·ent·ly, adverbun·sa·pi·ent, adjectiveun·sa·pi·ent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for sapience

erudition, insight, judgment, knowledge, wisdom, intuitiveness

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British Dictionary definitions for sapience

sapient

adjective
  1. often ironic wise or sagacious
Derived Formssapience, nounsapiently, adverb

Word Origin for sapient

C15: from Latin sapere to taste
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Word Origin and History for sapience
n.

late 14c., "wisdom, understanding," from Old French sapience, from Latin sapientia "good taste, good sense, discernment; intelligence, wisdom," from sapiens (see sapient).

sapient

adj.

"wise," late 15c. (early 15c. as a surname), from Old French sapient, from Latin sapientem (nominative sapiens), present participle of sapere "to taste, have taste, be wise," from PIE root *sep- "to taste, perceive" (cf. Old Saxon an-sebban "to perceive, remark," Old High German antseffen, Old English sefa "mind, understanding, insight").

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