Wisdom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wisdom the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
    • n wisdom the quality of being prudent and sensible
    • n wisdom ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
    • n wisdom accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
    • n Wisdom an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wisdom 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.""Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom ; and to depart from evil is understanding.""It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity and wisdom that they will yield everything to reason, and refuse everything to force.""Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom ."
    • Wisdom 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.""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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wisdom The property of being wise; the power or faculty of forming the fittest and truest judgment in any matter presented for consideration; a combination of discernment, discretion, and sagacity, or similar qualities and faculties, involving also a certain amount of knowledge, especially the knowledge of men and things gained by experience. It is often used in a sense nearly synonymous with discretion, or with prudence, but both of these are strictly only particular phases of wisdom. Frequently wisdom implies little more than sound and sober common-sense; hence it is often opposed to folly.
    • n wisdom Human learning; knowledge of arts and sciences; erudition.
    • n wisdom With possessive pronouns used as a personification (like “your highness,” etc.).
    • n wisdom A wise saying or act; a wise thing.
    • n wisdom Skill; skilfulness.
    • n wisdom [In Scripture the word is sometimes specifically used, especially in Paul's Epistles, in an opprobrious sense to designate the theosophical speculations (1 Cor. i. 19, 20) or rhetorical arts (1 Cor. ii. 5) current among the Greeks and Romans in the first century; sometimes in a good sense to designate spiritual perception of, accompanied with obedience to, the divine law (Prov. iii. 13; Acts vi. 3). Sometimes (as in Prov. viii.) it has personal attributes assigned to it.]
    • n wisdom =Syn.1. Knowledge, Prudence, Wisdom., Discretion, Providence, Forecast, Provision. Knowledge has several steps, as the perception of facts, the accumulation of facts, and familiarity by experience, but it does not include action, nor the power of judging what is best in ends to be pursued or in means for attaining those ends. Prudence is sometimes the power of judging what are the best means for attaining desired ends; it may be a word or action, or it may be simply the power to avoid danger. It implies deliberation and care, whether in acting or refraining from action. Wisdom chooses not only the best means but also the best ends; it is thus far higher than prudence, which may by choosing wrong ends go altogether astray; hence also it is often used in the Bible for piety. As compared with knowledge, it sees more deeply into the heart of things and more broadly and comprehensively sums up relations, draws conclusions, and acts upon them; hence a man may abound in knowledge and be very deficient in wisdom, or he may have a practical wisdom with a comparatively small stock of knowledge. Discretion is the power to judge critically what is correct and proper, sometimes without suggesting action, but more often in view of action proposed or possible. Like prudence the word implies great caution, and takes for granted that a man will not act contrary to what he knows. Providence looks much further ahead than prudence or discretion, and plans and acts according to what it sees. It may be remarked that provision, which is from the same root as providence and prudence, is primarily a word of action, while they are only secondarily so. Forecast is a grave word for looking carefully forward to the consequences of present situations and decisions; it implies, like all these words except knowledge, that one will act according to what he can make out of the future. See cautious, astute, and genius.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wisdom wiz′dum quality of being wise: judgment: right use of knowledge: learning:
    • n Wisdom wiz′dum (B.) skilfulness, speculation, spiritual perception: the apocryphal Book of the Wisdom of Solomon (see Apocrypha)
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Quotations

  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “Cleverness is not wisdom.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage.”
  • George Iles
    George Iles
    “Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom.”
  • Philip James Bailey
    Philip James Bailey
    “Kindness is wisdom.”
  • Charles Dickens
    Charles%20Dickens
    “A loving heart is the truest wisdom.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Better to get wisdom than gold.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wīsdōm,. See Wise (a.), and -dom
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wísdóm, wisdom. Cf. Wise.

Usage

In literature:

Well, well; let us hope that the increase of years will bring an increase of wisdom.
"Aurelian" by William Ware
What has a better claim to the purest and fairest possessions of nature, than the seat of wisdom?
"Harvard Classics Volume 28" by Various
Self-knowledge is the beginning of wisdom.
"Erasmus and the Age of Reformation" by Johan Huizinga
But in the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
"Romola" by George Eliot
Tzu-kung said, By one word a gentleman shows wisdom, by one word want of wisdom.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Our limited knowledge can never be like the ungrowing perfect wisdom of God.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Vafthrudner was indeed the wisest of the Giants, and many went to strive to gain wisdom from him.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
All the wisdom of the ancient world was powerless against the sceptics.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Age counts with man, and years bring knowledge, but not unfailing wisdom.
"Autobiography of Frank G. Allen, Minister of the Gospel" by Frank G. Allen
Hardly does he need her longer, being started upon the path of wisdom to know wisdom.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
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In poetry:

I am not wise,
But you loved wisdom so,
That what I did not know
I learnt it in your eyes.
"Vale" by Ethel Clifford
Love looseth thee, and lifteth me,
Ayont hate's thrall:
There Life is light, and wisdom might,
And God is All.
"Satisfied" by Mary Baker Eddy
Chance and change are busy ever;
Man decays and ages move;
But His mercy waneth never:
God is wisdom! God is love!
"God is Love" by John Bowring
The majesty whom they adore,
Doth them in wisdom place
Upon the thrones, and that before
The angels, to their grace.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
Thy wisdom, faithfulness and love,
To feeble helpless worms;
A buckler and a refuge prove,
From enemies and storms.
"The Believer's Safety" by John Newton
Thy wisdom! that knew naught but love
And beauty, with which love is fraught;
The wisdom of the heart—whereof
All noblest passions spring—that thought
As Nature thinks, "All else is naught."
"The Faun" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Forbes Leadership Highlights of the Week: Contrarian Wisdom.
Find more words of wisdom.
Conventional wisdom holds that the polls were all wrong about Barack Obama having a whopping lead over Hillary Clinton going into New Hampshire.
Nation's veterans embody America's true greatness Listen to the wisdom of the ages.
In 2010, the conventional wisdom was that it was good news for Jerry Brown that he had avoided a Democratic primary for governor.
Conventional wisdom about the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, located in New York's Lincoln Center, is that it is just too big.
I have no particular wisdom about this photo.
A few bits of ageless wine wisdom to drink by.
The lessons we learn, the wisdom we acquire, all come from this recognition.
Huddle-Up offers familial Christian wisdom.
Wisdom of a fashion icon.
Powerful Practices from the Buddhist Tradition for Cultivating Wisdom, Fearlessness and Compassion.
Cassie Heyer as "Lucy" talks young Jake, played by Kyler Preston, into signing a "contract" that will grant him wisdom and success, but with a catch.
Perhaps Paul Ryan is a gigantic fraud, or perhaps it is everyone who claims to see wisdom in him.
Chinese Billionaire Flame-Out 's Great Wisdom Reports 34% Profit Drop.
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In science:

Historically, appealing to one-electron (densityfunctional theory) band structure led to the conventional wisdom of CDW arising from Fermi surface (FS) nesting, or via a band Jahn-Teller (JT) instability.
Preformed Excitons, Orbital Selectivity, and Charge-Density-Wave Order in 1T-TiSe_2
Although not quite a direct test of SR or GR per se, the Pioneer and the flyby anomalies have arisen in the literature as phenomena that, at least at first look, did challenge the common wisdom about gravity.
The experimental status of Special and General Relativity
Conventional wisdom suggests that the impurity states will gradually fill in the superconducting gap and destroy SC.
The role of disorder symmetry in a dirty superconductor: a Bogoliubov-deGennes (BdG) study
This fact flies in the face of conventional wisdom that in a path integral ”all paths enter with equal weight”.
Landau Level Ground--State Degeneracy, and Its Relevance for a General Quantization Procedure
Conventional wisdom says that it is impossible to construct a meaningful quantum theory of general relativity, since the Lagrangian is nonrenormalizable.
On Effective Field Theories at Finite Temperature
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