sa·​gac·​i·​ty | \ sə-ˈga-sə-tē How to pronounce sagacity (audio) , si-\

Definition of sagacity

: the quality of being sagacious

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Examples of sagacity in a Sentence

a novelist of surprising sagacity considering his youthfulness

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Kenda said the catharsis and sagacity extends to some of his viewers, who hang on his every clue, quip and breakthrough. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado Springs-based “Homicide Hunter” sets finale as Lt. Joe Kenda eyes next TV project," 25 Aug. 2019 In particular, Andre’s verses brim over with aphoristic sagacity and imagery that time-travels you back to his youth in Atlanta, delivered in distinct flows that drift and, later, snaps from bar to bar like hopscotch. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Greatest Deep Cuts of 1998: Critics' Picks," 31 May 2018 To primp the sagacity of their remarks, their illustrious pedigrees are paraded. Stephen Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tech books by Billy Gallagher, Emily Chang, Chris Hughes, Andrew Keen," 2 Mar. 2018 Well, yeah, there is a lot of that stuff, but so there should be, and what's so pleasantly surprising is how much humor, sagacity, and honesty there is on display as well. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Half the Picture': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 24 Jan. 2018 Our jaded, post-Obama media have poisoned the plausibility of this gesture, yet Darkest Hour initiates a genuine, modern approach to political heroism and the Western sagacity that is out of favor. Armond White, National Review, "The Greatest Showman," 19 Jan. 2018 As a matter of fact, there’s a sagacity now that surrounds the innocence of his tenor, like a corona around a sun., "2017's best concerts include Tom Petty, Green Day and Lady Gaga: Chuck Yarborough," 31 Dec. 2017 And at least for this weekend, the sagacity of that decision has never been more apparent. Tim Griffin, ajc, "TCU, West Virginia benefit Big 12’s image with growing programs," 5 Oct. 2017 Since then, the 66-year-old Democrat has sunk his wit even deeper into the soft brains of Washington, D.C., balancing a folksy persona with political sagacity. John Wenzel, The Know, "SNL writer-turned-senator Al Franken talks Colorado politics ahead of Denver stop," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of sagacity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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