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 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 In Syria, children wait for presents from the youngest of the three wise men’s camels, not Santa. National Geographic, "How Christmas is celebrated around the world," 23 Dec. 2019 Attendees will travel back in time and meet King Herod, the angels, shepherds, wise men and others who played a role in the first Christmas. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Westlake Church of the Redeemer hosts Journey to Bethlehem: West Shore Chatter," 10 Dec. 2019 The Gospel of Matthew tells that the magi (the three wise men) follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts (gold (turmeric), frankincense, and myrrh) to Jesus, born the king of the Jews. The Rev. Ellin Dize, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Dize: Jesus is the reason for the season and Christmas is an inclusive holiday," 30 Nov. 2019 Gold symbolizes the gift from the three wise men, blue represents Mother Mary and the rich blue robes she was often seen in as a result of her wealth, and white links to the purity of Jesus himself. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "The History of Christmas Colors—and Why They're Red and Green—Is Actually Fascinating," 29 Oct. 2019 Zimcosky went on to write the story of a 10-year-old boy, based on himself, taking trips to visit his grandparents in Pennsylvania and, while there, meeting a wise man who lived on a hill. cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights’ Zimcosky continues growth as person, author," 8 Sep. 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 7 Jun. 2020.

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