wise man


Definition of wise man

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a man of unusual learning, judgment, or insight : sage
2 : a man versed in esoteric lore (as of magic or astrology) especially : magus sense 1b


biographical name
Wise·​man | \ ˈwīz-mən How to pronounce Wiseman (audio) \

Definition of Wiseman (Entry 2 of 2)

Nicholas Patrick Stephen 1802–1865 English cardinal and author

Examples of wise man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Khachigian, 76, went on to his own noteworthy political career as a speechwriter for President Reagan and wise man in numerous Republican campaigns. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Can Trump rehab his reputation? Some lessons from Richard Nixon," 27 Jan. 2021 All art aspires to the condition of music, a wise man said once, and perhaps all cultural history aspires to the condition of a cartoon: a seeming fluidity of movement, made up of countless small stops and starts. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Mixed-Up Masters of Early Animation," 21 Dec. 2020 For years, my sister (20) and I (23) have alternated who gets to add the wise man Balthazar, the most special plush in the calendar. New York Times, "Judge John Hodgman on Plush Toy Nativity Scene Advent Calendars," 10 Dec. 2020 As a wise man once noted, gratitude is the foundation of conservatism. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Paul McCartney’s Gratitude," 12 Aug. 2020 At the beginning of the Republic, Socrates asks Cephalus, a supposedly old wise man, about the experiences of being old. Longreads, "A Survey of My Right Arm," 4 Mar. 2020 The older wise man is challenging the two younger refs on either side of him. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Behind the Scenes as SEC Refs Get a Unique Primer at Georgia Camp," 22 Aug. 2019 Starring is a ritual that represents the three wise men following the star -- a star holder will spin the star while the rest of the group sings. Anchorage Daily News, "Coming up: Beethoven, Russian Christmas, ’80s purple show," 2 Jan. 2020 The gift-giving theme at the Nativity continues with the wise men from the east, who according to the Gospel of Matthew brought the expensive gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor Jesus. al, "Christmas is about giving, and the importance of a gift, pastors say," 24 Dec. 2019

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

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“Wise man.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wise%20man. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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