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Examples of savant in a Sentence
a savant in the field of medical ethics
Recent Examples of savant from the Web
The new new coach, David Fizdale, is by most accounts a bright and personable man, an analytically sound hoops savant.
Milk’s significance as a symbol of gay liberation has eclipsed the reality of the man—a political latecomer and rhetorical savant, whose compassion for the dispossessed vied with an avarice for publicity that sometimes drew him toward populism.
Offensively, that is Williams' best attribute, but coupled with an instinctual feel for rim running and the prospect of transforming into a shot blocking savant (block rate of 10.1 percent), Williams could potentially sneak into the lottery.
Lambert, an Arizona transplant who previously spent time behind the stick at The Dawson and Sable Kitchen and Bar, is a liquor savant.
While poor, white, Southern voters were easily conned into believing that a billionaire trust fund baby from New York with multiple bankruptcies under his belt was a business savant who understood their plight, black voters are not that gullible.
But in the end it, too, is limited—a sort of electronic idiot-savant which excels at one particular mental task but is baffled by others.
There’s always a healthy dose of entrepreneurialism at Brainstorm Tech, and several startup savants will share their know-how at Brainstorm Tech.
These wedding savants who have arranged nuptials big and small, far and wide, and some for the pages of Vogue.
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Did You Know?
Savant comes from Latin sapere ("to be wise") by way of Middle French, where "savant" is the present participle of savoir, meaning "to know." "Savant" shares roots with the English words "sapient" ("possessing great wisdom") and "sage" ("having or showing wisdom through reflection and experience"). The term is sometimes used in common parlance to refer to a person who demonstrates extraordinary knowledge in a particular subject, or an extraordinary ability to perform a particular task (such as complex arithmetic), but who has much more limited capacities in other areas.
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