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wisdom

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of wisdom

  1. 1 the ability to understand inner qualities or relationships with age and experience comes wisdom—hopefully neither book learning nor simple intelligence should be confused with wisdom Synonyms of wisdom discernment, insight, perception, perceptiveness, perceptivity, sagaciousness, sagacity, sageness, sapience Words Related to wisdom acuity, acumen, astuteness, clear-sightedness, keenness, penetration, percipience, perspicacity, sensitivity, understanding; appreciation, apprehension, comprehension, grasp; brain(s), braininess, brightness, brilliance, canniness, cleverness, gray matter, intellect, intelligence, judgment (or judgement), mentality, power, reason, sense, smartness, wit; discrimination, foresight, foresightedness, judiciousness, prudence, sanity; logic, rationality Near Antonyms of wisdom density, dullness (also dulness), obtuseness; brainlessness, folly, foolishness, idiocy, imbecility, mindlessness, silliness, simplemindedness, simpleness, stupidity, witlessness; illogic, irrationality, unreasonableness, unsoundness; craziness, insanity, lunacy, madness; preposterousness, senselessness, silliness, zaniness

  2. 2 a body of facts learned by study or experience the orientation meetings will provide the company's old hands with an opportunity to pass on their wisdom to the new employees Synonyms of wisdom lore, science, knowledgeWords Related to wisdom dope, information, intelligence, know, lowdown, news, skinny [slang]; data, evidence, facts; acquaintance, awareness, familiarity, literacy; erudition, learning, scholarship; expertise, know-howNear Antonyms of wisdom ignorance, inexperience, innocence, nescience, unfamiliarity

  3. 3 the ability to make intelligent decisions especially in everyday matters had overstayed her welcome and lacked the wisdom to know it Synonyms of wisdom discreetness, discretion, gumption [chiefly dialect], horse sense, levelheadedness, nous [chiefly British], policy, prudence, sense, sensibleness, common sense, witWords Related to wisdom street smarts; farsightedness, forehandedness, foresight, foresightedness, forethoughtfulness, judgment (or judgement); brains, gray matter, intelligence; logicality, logicalness, practicality, rationality, rationalness; discernment, discrimination, insight, sagacity, sapience; acumen, astuteness, clearheadedness, keenness, penetration, perspicacity, shrewdness; care, caution, circumspection, precaution, premeditationNear Antonyms of wisdom shortsightedness; brainlessness, foolishness, half-wittedness, idiocy, senselessness, stupidity; carelessness, heedlessness; unreasonablenessAntonyms of wisdom imprudence, indiscretion

  4. 4 suitability for bringing about a desired result under the circumstances wondered about the wisdom of hiring such an inexperienced girl to care for the children Synonyms of wisdom advisability, advisableness, desirability, desirableness, expedience, judiciousness, prudence, expediencyWords Related to wisdom advantageousness, beneficialness, profitability; feasibility, practicality, usefulness; opportuneness, seasonableness, timelinessNear Antonyms of wisdom impracticality, infeasibility; inopportuneness, unseasonableness, untimelinessAntonyms of wisdom imprudence, inadvisability, inexpedience, inexpediency, injudiciousness, unwisdom

Synonym Discussion of wisdom

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


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