[ wiz-duhm ]
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  1. 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.

  2. scholarly knowledge or learning: the wisdom of the schools.

  1. wise sayings or teachings; precepts.

  2. a wise act or saying.

  3. (initial capital letter)Douay Bible. Wisdom of Solomon.

Origin of wisdom

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

synonym study For wisdom

2. See information.

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  • wis·dom·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for wisdom


/ (ˈwɪzdəm) /

  1. the ability or result of an ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight

  2. accumulated knowledge, erudition, or enlightenment

  1. archaic a wise saying or wise sayings or teachings

  2. obsolete soundness of mind

Origin of wisdom

Old English wīsdōm; see wise 1, -dom

Other words from wisdom

  • Related adjective: sagacious

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