(countable and uncountable, plural wisdoms)
- (uncountable) An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.
- (countable) A piece of wise advice.
- The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.
- The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.
- The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.
- (theology) The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.
From Middle English wisdom, from Old English wÄ«sdÅm (“wisdom"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«sadÅmaz (“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 vÃsdÃ³mur (“wisdom").