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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

Synonym Discussion of WISDOM

sense, common sense, judgment, wisdom mean ability to reach intelligent conclusions. sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence <a choice showing good sense>. common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge <common sense tells me it's wrong>. judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity <they relied on her judgment for guidance>. wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average <a leader of rare wisdom>.



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
WISDOM Defined for Kids


noun wis·dom \ˈwiz-dəm\

Definition of WISDOM for Kids

:  knowledge or learning gained over time
:  good sense
:  a wise attitude, belief, or course of action


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