wise man


Definition of wise man

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

Examples of wise man in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With the studied patience of a professional wise man, Mr. Friedmann listens to their laments and assures them, by way of consolation, that their problems are a nearly universal affliction. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 More than a century later, in the Cold War, Tocqueville could seem a wise man of anti-totalitarian liberalism—a figure chastened by history’s terrors, unillusioned about utopian promises, and able to help keep democracy on a narrow but smooth path. Jedediah Britton-purdy, The New Republic, 22 Apr. 2022 Rabbi Kanievsky himself was regarded as such a wise man. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 18 Mar. 2022 The local barber shop — dramatized here with characteristic comic vivacity and overseen by the lovely actor Esau Pritchett as head barber and wise man — now vies with Whole Foods as a landmark. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Now, 38 years—and what feels like a number of professional and personal lifetimes—later, the 49-year-old Affleck is no longer the searching boy but, in a new film directed by George Clooney, the wise man. Michael Hainey, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2021 Because then, as now, this wise man identified the need to move. Kathleen Woodhouse, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 California: If a wise man ranked the coaches in the Pac-12, Cal’s Justin Wilcox would be in the top five. Matt Youmans Vsin, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 As a wise man of words once wrote: The fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wise man

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 25 Jun. 2022.

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

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Nicholas Patrick Stephen 1802–1865 English cardinal and author

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