wisdom

noun (1)
wis·​dom | \ ˈwiz-dəm How to pronounce wisdom (audio) \

Definition of wisdom

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : ability to discern inner qualities and relationships : insight
b : good sense : judgment
c : generally accepted belief challenges what has become accepted wisdom among many historians— Robert Darnton
d : accumulated philosophical or scientific learning : knowledge
2 : a wise attitude, belief, or course of action
3 : the teachings of the ancient wise men

Wisdom

noun (2)

Definition of Wisdom (Entry 2 of 2)

: a didactic book included in the Roman Catholic canon of the Old Testament and corresponding to the Wisdom of Solomon in the Protestant Apocrypha — see Bible Table

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Noun (1)

sense, common sense, judgment, wisdom mean ability to reach intelligent conclusions. sense implies a reliable ability to judge and decide with soundness, prudence, and intelligence. a choice showing good sense common sense suggests an average degree of such ability without sophistication or special knowledge. common sense tells me it's wrong judgment implies sense tempered and refined by experience, training, and maturity. they relied on her judgment for guidance wisdom implies sense and judgment far above average. a leader of rare wisdom

Examples of wisdom in a Sentence

Noun (1)

She has gained a lot of wisdom over the years. a young person of great wisdom He had the wisdom to stop before he said too much. I fail to see the wisdom in doing that. He shared a valuable bit of wisdom with his daughter. These stories offer plenty of wisdom to readers.
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Filled with wisdom and wit, the ladies touched on everything from their creative inspirations to maneuvering as a Black woman in their high-powered workplaces. Donna M. Owens, Essence, "Museum Summit For Black Women Draws Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams And More," 17 June 2019 Speakers from various faith traditions will elaborate on sections of their sacred texts that mention ecological practices, and how people today are applying these ancient wisdoms. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Girl Scouts donate trash sorting cans to Alta Vista Botanical Gardens," 17 June 2019 Her words of wisdom and encouragement meant everything to me. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "South Florida designer Sebastian Grey wins ‘Project Runway’," 14 June 2019 Juan García’s many years of rescue and preservation of African-descendent oral history and folk wisdom eventually led to significant political gains in Ecuador. Charles David Kleymeyer, Smithsonian, "Meet Juan García Salazar, the Man Who Championed Black Identity in Ecuador," 14 June 2019 Democracy assumes that the generality of the population have the wisdom to govern a nation. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 But as Cardinals players convene this week for a mandatory, three-day mini-camp in Tempe – the team’s activities until training camp – Murray can expect to receive countless words of wisdom and advice. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Rookie Kyler Murray can expect plenty of lessons from Arizona Cardinals veterans," 10 June 2019 Slate will offer words of wisdom to a single student graduating from the school this June — Gwen Lynch. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Jenny Slate to give commencement speech at elementary school with one graduate," 5 June 2019 What seems just and righteous to you through the eyes of an 18-year-old morph with wisdom and life experiences. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "He failed high school chemistry and algebra. Now a doctor, he went to his alma mater to tell graduating seniors about success.," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of wisdom

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1d

Noun (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wisdom

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English wīsdōm, from wīs wise

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wisdom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wisdom

: knowledge that is gained by having many experiences in life
: the natural ability to understand things that most other people cannot understand
: knowledge of what is proper or reasonable : good sense or judgment

wisdom

noun
wis·​dom | \ ˈwiz-dəm How to pronounce wisdom (audio) \

Kids Definition of wisdom

1 : knowledge or learning gained over time
2 : good sense
3 : a wise attitude, belief, or course of action

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