wise man


Definition of wise man

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man of unusual learning, judgment, or insight : sage
2 : a man versed in esoteric lore (as of magic or astrology) especially : magus sense 1b


biographical name
Wise·​man | \ ˈwīz-mən How to pronounce Wiseman (audio) \

Definition of Wiseman (Entry 2 of 2)

Nicholas Patrick Stephen 1802–1865 English cardinal and author

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But the story’s seasonal significance comes with Maigret’s intervention in the fate of that exploited and neglected young niece, a Christmas gift as beautiful as any ever brought by a wise man to a manger. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "Mysteries: Tales to Warm a Cold Winter’s Night," 21 Dec. 2018 With swept-back silver hair and a prestigious résumé, James K. Glassman cuts the classic figure of a Washington wise man. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Five takeaways from Trump’s thwarted effort to fire Mueller," 26 Jan. 2018 As a wise man once proclaimed, Chelsea's biggest problem right now is their ailing midfield, so why not take a chance on the one time English Xavi, even if that one time was seven years ago. SI.com, "Why Chelsea Should Take a Punt on Super Jack Wilshere and Make Him the Golden Boy He Deserves to Be," 22 June 2018 But there’s no manger, shepherds, wise men or angels; just a chain-link fence surrounding the couple and the newborn. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "A church put Jesus, Mary and Joseph in ‘ICE detention’ to protest Trump’s immigration policies," 3 July 2018 What Kerr wanted was a venerable wise man, someone who had coached for decades but had no real desire to be promoted. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "The Warriors’ 70-Year-Old Truth-Teller," 28 Feb. 2018 The problem with the world today is that fools and fanatics are so certain, and wise men are full of doubt. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The World’s Best Pickpocket Reviews The Ocean’s 8 Heist," 13 June 2018 And as a wise man once said, Don’t stand on the tracks when the train’s coming through. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies rookie Scott Kingery finally breaks through | Extra Innings," 13 June 2018 The janitor with a knack for picking stocks Ronald Read, a former gas station attendant and janitor who died in June 2014, was known as a private and penny-wise man. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Sylvia Bloom, a frugal secretary, hid a $9M fortune. She joins a list of secret millionaires.," 7 May 2018

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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