sa·​pi·​ence ˈsā-pē-ən(t)s How to pronounce sapience (audio)

Example Sentences

the kind of sapience that comes from a lifetime of experience as an educator
Recent Examples on the Web This seeming truth is said with a kind of sleepy sapience, as though only the naïve or the self-deluded would imagine anything otherwise. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 27 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin sapientia, from sapient-, sapiens, present participle

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sapience was in the 14th century

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“Sapience.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

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