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View synonyms for sapient

sapient

[ sey-pee-uhnt ]

adjective

  1. having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
  2. having or showing self-awareness:

    sapient life forms.



sapient

/ ˈseɪpɪənt /

adjective

  1. ironic.
    wise or sagacious


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Derived Forms

  • ˈsapiently, adverb
  • ˈsapience, noun
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Other Words From

  • sa·pi·ence sa·pi·en·cy noun
  • sa·pi·ent·ly adverb
  • un·sa·pi·ent adjective
  • un·sa·pi·ent·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sapient1

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English sapyent, from Latin sapient- (stem of sapiēns, present participle of sapere “to be wise,” literally, “to taste, have taste”), equivalent to sapi- verb stem + -ent- adjective suffix; -ent
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Word History and Origins

Origin of sapient1

C15: from Latin sapere to taste
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Example Sentences

Some affirm that he wrote to please royalty, but if so why did he not condemn the custom to appease the wrath of a sapient king.

Therefore why be sapient and solemn about it, like an editorial in a newspaper?

One sapient editor said that the pearls in the mussels in Salmon and Connecticut Rivers caused the disturbance.

As this sapient precept dropped oracularly from his lips, a word at a time, his figure faded and turned pale.

You are really inimitable, you stern guardians of morals and most sapient defenders of the immaculateness of the State!

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