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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These are individuals typically that have a lot of both wisdom and experience and our entities inside the government. Fox News, "Adm. Mike Mullen on ex-intel officials keeping clearances; Mulvaney on potential storm clouds ahead for Trump economy," 19 Aug. 2018 As a bona fide 90s kid raised by TV, Marc Summers was nothing short of a deity in my pre-teen eyes — a god of wisdom and slime. Michele Corriston, PEOPLE.com, "Double Dare's Marc Summers to Host a '90s Version of HQ Trivia: Find Out How to Play for $50K," 20 June 2018 Age might bring wisdom and experience, but young bodies capable of quick recoveries have been key to the Sun’s survival in early June. Kelli Stacy, courant.com, "Youth Keeps Connecticut Sun Fresh Amid Hectic Travel Stretch," 10 June 2018 For some South Asian women, a bindi is not an accessory for vibing at Coachella, but instead is a cultural symbol that is placed in a site of wisdom and spiritual development and that signifies the third eye. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "We Interviewed 5 Cultural Appropriators at Coachella 2018," 20 Apr. 2018 For the hopeless romantic, sage wisdom and fond memories from Toby, his wife of 50 years, who fell in love early and deeply, and never looked back. Zachary Lewis, idahostatesman, "‘Itzhak’ a touching portrait of model musician, human | Idaho Statesman," 29 Mar. 2018 Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson have done away with conventional hitting wisdom and are the new generation of hitters. Tom Verducci, SI.com, "Countdown to Liftoff: How Joey Gallo and Josh Donaldson Embody Baseball's New Era," 21 Mar. 2018 Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images What’s next for the GND Though the committee fight was discouraging (and not everyone agrees about its tactical wisdom), its reverberations reached well beyond DC. David Roberts, Vox, "The Green New Deal, explained," 21 Dec. 2018 Huge thanks to Traveler editors Laura Dannen Redman, Bridget Hallinan, and Meredith Carey for sharing their foodie wisdom. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Travelogue Podcast: Our Favorite Foods in America," 13 July 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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The first known use of wisdom was before the 12th century

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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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