noun wis·dom \ˈwiz-dəm\

: knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life

: the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand

: knowledge of what is proper or reasonable : good sense or judgment

Full Definition of WISDOM

a :  accumulated philosophic or scientific learning :  knowledge
b :  ability to discern inner qualities and relationships :  insight
c :  good sense :  judgment
d :  generally accepted belief <challenges what has become accepted wisdom among many historians — Robert Darnton>
:  a wise attitude, belief, or course of action
:  the teachings of the ancient wise men

Examples of WISDOM

  1. She has gained a lot of wisdom over the years.
  2. a young person of great wisdom
  3. He had the wisdom to stop before he said too much.
  4. I fail to see the wisdom in doing that.
  5. He shared a valuable bit of wisdom with his daughter.
  6. These stories offer plenty of wisdom to readers.

Origin of WISDOM

Middle English, from Old English wīsdōm, from wīs wise
First Known Use: before 12th century



Definition of WISDOM

:  a didactic book included in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament and corresponding to the Wisdom of Solomon in the Protestant Apocrypha — see bible table

First Known Use of WISDOM

circa 1440

Other Bible Terms

antediluvian, apocalyptic, apocrypha, behemoth


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