- having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment.
Origin of sapient
Related Words for sapientacute, astute, cagey, canny, clever, contemplative, discerning, discriminating, educated, enlightened, experienced, farsighted, foxy, informed, insightful, intelligent, judicious, keen, knowing, knowledgeable
Examples from the Web for sapient
Historical Examples of sapient
Then the sapient smile on the pot-boy's face ripened into speech.
Then the group of women at the gate separated with many a sapient comment.
Therefore why be sapient and solemn about it, like an editorial in a newspaper?The Tragic Muse
(p. 012) "No, most sapient Jacques: fortunately I do not need comfort as you do."The Youth of Jefferson
J. E. Cooke.
And the skipper gave his head a sapient nod, while the doctor shook his.The Ocean Cat's Paw
George Manville Fenn
- often ironic wise or sagacious
Word Origin for sapient
Word Origin and History for sapient
"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").