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Examples of savant in a Sentence
a savant in the field of medical ethics
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There’s Will Butcher, the Hobey Baker winner, who signed with the team in the summer, and has established himself as a power play savant,with 12 of his 21 points coming on the man-advantage.
The Good Doctor follows Highmore's character, an autistic surgeon with savant syndrome, who, despite the board's skepticism, has joined the pediatric surgical unit at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.
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On the show, Highmore plays a young surgical resident who has autism and savant syndrome.
Denzel Washington stars in the thriller as a legal savant and Los Angeles attorney who is offered a job at a prestigious law firm after the death of his longtime partner.
This chasm is what Etzioni calls the difference between general artificial intelligence that can operate like a human and narrow A.I. savants that can do one or few things really well and nothing else.
From the vegetable savant behind Ava Gene’s, a book in which every salad recipe should be dog-eared.
Only nine years old when the Rosetta Stone was discovered, Champollion was a prodigy of languages whom Joseph Courier, one of Napoleon’s savants, sought out.
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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.
Synonymspundit, sage, scholar
Related Wordsseer, wise man; polyhistor, polymath, Renaissance man; brain, egghead, genius, highbrow, intellect, intellectual, thinker, whiz, wizard; guru, mahatma, pandit, swami, yogi (also yogin); rabbi; master, mentor, teacher
Near Antonymsblockhead, dodo, dolt, donkey, dope, dumbbell, dummy, dunce, fathead, fool, goon, half-wit, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, jackass, know-nothing, moron, nincompoop, ninny, nitwit, numskull (or numbskull), pinhead, simpleton, stock, turkey
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