sapient

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From Old French sapient, or its source, Latin sapiēns.

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sapient (comparative more sapient, superlative most sapient)

  1. (now literary or ironic) Possessing wisdom and discernment; wise, learned.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 217:
      In Europe I had been told by sapient academics that there wasn't really any class system in the United States: well, you couldn't prove that by the conditions in California's agribusinesses, or indeed its urban factories.

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Latin[edit]

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sapient

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of sapiō

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Latin sapiēns. Compare savant

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sapient m

  1. wise; sapient

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin sapiēns, sapientis.

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sapient

  1. (rare) learned, wise

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