Wisdom

Definition of Wisdom

Wis´dom   Pronunciation: ~dŭm
n.1.
1.The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the best means; discernment and judgment; discretion; sagacity; skill; dexterity.
We speak also not in wise words of man's wisdom, but in the doctrine of the spirit.
- Wyclif (1 Cor. ii. 13).
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
- Job xxviii. 28.
It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity and wisdom that they will yield everything to reason, and refuse everything to force.
- Ames.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- Coleridge.
2.The results of wise judgments; scientific or practical truth; acquired knowledge; erudition.
Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
- Acts vii. 22.
Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass,
The mere materials with which wisdom builds,
Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its place,
Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
- Cowper.
Wisdom tooth
the last, or back, tooth of the full set on each half of each jaw in man; - familiarly so called, because appearing comparatively late, after the person may be supposed to have arrived at the age of wisdom. See the Note under Tooth, 1.

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