wisdom

[ wiz-duhm ]
/ ˈwɪz dəm /

noun

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.

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Origin of wisdom

before 900; Middle English, Old English wīsdōm; cognate with Old Norse vīsdōmr, German Weistum. See wise1, -dom

OTHER WORDS FROM wisdom

wis·dom·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wisdom

wisdom
/ (ˈwɪzdəm) /

noun

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

Other words from wisdom

Related adjective: sagacious

Word Origin for wisdom

Old English wīsdōm; see wise 1, -dom
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