Wisdom meaning

wĭzdəm
Wisdom is the ability to know what is true or right, common sense or the collection of one's knowledge.

An example of wisdom is the quote "The best mind altering drug is truth."

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Wisdom of Solomon.
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The ability to discern or judge what is true, right, or lasting; insight.
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Common sense; good judgment.
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The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.
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The quality of being wise; power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action, based on knowledge, experience, understanding, etc.; good judgment; sagacity.
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(theology) The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.
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A wise plan or course of action.
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(countable) A piece of wise advice.
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The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.
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Learning; knowledge; erudition.

The wisdom of the ages.

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Wise discourse or teaching.
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The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.
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(uncountable) An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.
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(biblical) The Wisdom of Solomon,a book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
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A wise outlook, plan, or course of action.
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Origin of wisdom

  • Middle English from Old English wīsdōm weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English wisdom, from Old English wÄ«sdōm (“wisdom"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«sadōmaz (“wisdom"), corresponding to wise +"Ž -dom or wise +"Ž doom (“judgement"). Cognate with Scots wisdom, wysdom (“wisdom"), West Frisian wiisdom (“wisdom"), Dutch wijsdom (“wisdom"), German Weistum (“legal sentence"), Danish/Norwegian/Swedish visdom (“wisdom"), Icelandic vísdómur (“wisdom").

    From Wiktionary