sapience

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sapience ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sapience The quality of being sapient; wisdom; sageness; knowledge. "Woman, if I might sit beside your feet,
      And glean your scattered sapience ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sapience The character of being sapient; wisdom; sageness; profound knowledge; also, practical wisdom; common prudence: often used ironically. [In early writers the meaning is influenced by the sixth book of Aristotle's “Nicomachæan Ethics,” where this word was used to translate σοφία, defined by Aristotle as the union of science, or demonstrative knowledge, with nous, or cognition of principles. Aristotle also applies it to the knowledge of a master of any art. But in scholastic writings it usually means knowledge of the most difficult subjects, metaphysics, theology, thus again translating σοφία].
    • n sapience The reasonable soul; the intellective faculty; that which distinguishes men from brutes; reason.
    • n sapience The sense of taste, or intelligence compared to taste.
    • n sapience The apocryphal Book of Wisdom.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sapience sā′pi-ens discernment: wisdom: knowledge: reason
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sapientia,: cf. F. sapience,. See Sapient.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sapiens, sapientis, pr.p. of sapĕre, to be wise.

Usage

In literature:

As, much Experience, is Prudence; so, is much Science, Sapience.
"Leviathan" by Thomas Hobbes
He analyzed with great sapience the psychological effect on the audience of Mr. Dundee's ring-system of perpetual motion.
"The Native Son" by Inez Haynes Irwin
Artistically, he had all the perception of the Celt plus the acquired sapience of the painter's training.
"Angel Island" by Inez Haynes Gillmore
The town, moreover, had a sapience of its own.
"The Imperialist" by (a.k.a. Mrs. Everard Cotes) Sara Jeannette Duncan
It is far otherwise in the world, as thou, albeit in no sort eminent for sapience, hast doubtless ere this ascertained for thyself.
"The Twilight of the Gods, and Other Tales" by Richard Garnett
What could have induced such a man to enter a man-of-war, all my sapience cannot fathom.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
In its archetype it is the Divine wisdom, or sapience, manifested in the creation.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
But the fact that she thought so was for her a proof of adult sapience.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
Short of actual sapience, I've never seen anything like them.
"Little Fuzzy" by Henry Beam Piper
His demure sapience was of the most intense order and it arose out of great mental excitement.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
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