wisdom

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From Middle English wisdom, from Old English wīsdōm (wisdom), from Proto-Germanic *wīsadōmaz (wisdom), corresponding to wise +‎ -dom or wise +‎ 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).

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wisdom (countable and uncountable, plural wisdoms)

  1. (uncountable) An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.
  2. (countable) A piece of wise advice.
  3. The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.
  4. The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.
  5. The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.
  6. (theology) The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.
    • 1652, Eugenius Philalethes, The Fame and Confeſſion of the Fraternity of…the Roſie Croſs, pages 1–2 of the preface
      Wiſdom…is to a man an infinite Treaſure, for ſhe is the Breath of the Power of God, and a pure Influence that floweth from the Glory of the Almighty; ſhe is the Brightneſs of Eternal Light, and an undefiled Mirror of the Majeſty of God, and an Image of his Goodneſs; ſhe teacheth us Soberneſs and Prudence, Righteouſneſs and Strength; ſhe underſtands the Subtilty of words, and Solution of dark ſentences; ſhe foreknoweth Signs and Wonders, and what ſhall happen in time to come.
  7. A group of wombats [1].
  8. The herb, thyme.
    • 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 278:
      And there are the neat plots planted with thyme, so sweet in its crushed fragrance; the sage, with that touch of hoar frost on its leaves, which, perhaps, has gained for it its popular name of wisdom;...

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  1. ^ Woop Studios, Jay Sacher. A Compendium of Collective Nouns: From an Armory of Aardvarks to a Zeal of Zebras. Chronicle Books, 2013. p. 213

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English wīsdom. Equivalent to wys +‎ -dom.

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wisdom (plural wisdomes)

  1. wisdom
    • c. 1395, John Wycliffe, John Purvey [et al.], transl., Bible (Wycliffite Bible (later version), MS Lich 10.)‎[1], published c. 1410, Apocalips 17:9, page 123r, column 2; republished as Wycliffe's translation of the New Testament, Lichfield: Bill Endres, 2010:
      ⁊ þis is þe wit who þat haþ wiſdom / þe ſeuene heedis ben ſeuene hillis .· on which þe womman ſittiþ
      And the mind that has wisdom thinks: "The seven heads are the seven hills that the woman sits on []

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  • English: wisdom
  • Scots: wisdom, wysdom

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *wīsadōmaz. Cognate with Old Frisian wīsdom, Old Saxon wīsdom, Old High German wīstuom, Old Norse vísdómr. Equivalent to wīs +‎ dōm.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈwiːsˌdoːm/, [ˈwiːzˌdoːm]

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wīsdōm m

  1. wisdom

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