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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
Their daughters, Judy and Penny ( Taylor Russell and Mina Sundwall ), are savants, Penny at one point performing minor surgery on Mom while Judy talks her through it by radio, while encased in a frozen sinkhole.
Now, the scrub savants at Frank Body have come up with a mess-free solution: Express-o Coffee Scrub ($20).
Martin Shkreli burst on the scene as an enfant terrible, a securities savant who was working on Wall Street at 17, set up his own hedge fund at 23, and launched the biotech company Retrophin Inc. after teaching himself biology.
Goal-scoring savant David Villa remains the fulcrum of this squad.
Kehlani is steadily stepping into the role of fashion savant.
Pass-rushing savant Robert Mathis, coming back from a torn Achilles’ tendon, was being asked to drop back into coverage in 2014 and ‘15.
Benedict Cumberbatch goes from arrogant surgeon to a slightly less arrogant savant in the mystical arts. 13.
The 36-year-old is a lot like his Silicon Valley counterpart, tech savant Richard Hendricks, in that way (season five of the HBO series premieres March 25).
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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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