accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight
ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
wisdom, wiseness, soundness(noun)
the quality of being prudent and sensible
Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom(noun)
an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC
wisdom(noun)An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.
wisdom(noun)A piece of wise advice.
wisdom(noun)The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.
wisdom(noun)The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.
wisdom(noun)The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.
wisdom(noun)The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Enlightenment, erudition, information, knowledge, learning, and skill are acquired, as by study or practise. Insight, judgment, profundity or depth, reason, sagacity, sense, and understanding are native qualities of mind, tho capable of increase by cultivation. The other qualities are on the border-line. Wisdom has been defined as "the right use of knowledge," or "the use of the most important means for attaining the best ends," wisdom thus presupposing knowledge for its very existence and exercise. Wisdom is mental power acting upon the materials that fullest knowledge gives in the most effective way. There may be what is termed "practical wisdom" that looks only to material results; but in its full sense, wisdom implies the highest and noblest exercise of all the faculties of the moral nature as well as of the intellect. Prudence is a lower and more negative form of the same virtue, respecting outward and practical matters, and largely with a view of avoiding loss and injury; wisdom transcends prudence, so that while the part of prudence is ordinarily also that of wisdom, cases arise, as in the exigencies of business or of war, when the highest wisdom is in the disregard of the maxims of prudence. Judgment, the power of forming decisions, especially correct decisions, is broader and more positive than prudence, leading one to do, as readily as to refrain from doing; but judgment is more limited in range and less exalted in character than wisdom; to say of one that he displayed good judgment is much less than to say that he manifested wisdom. Skill is far inferior to wisdom, consisting largely in the practical application of acquired knowledge, power, and habitual processes, or in the ingenious contrivance that makes such application possible. In the making of something perfectly useless there may be great skill, but no wisdom. Compare ACUMEN; ASTUTE; KNOWLEDGE; MIND; PRUDENCE; SAGACIOUS; SKILFUL.
Compare synonyms for ABSURD; IDIOCY.
attainment, depth, discernment, discretion, enlightenment, erudition, foresight, information, insight, judgment, judiciousness, knowledge, learning, prescience, profundity, prudence, reason, reason, reasonableness, sagacity, sense, skill, understanding
Dictionary of English Synonymes
sense, sapience, sagacity, judgment, judiciousness, prescience, discernment, depth, solidity, ballast, good sense, common sense, plain sense, enlarged views, reach or compass of thought, readiness in adapting means to ends
Translations for WISDOM
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- حِكْمَةٌ, حكمةArabic
- saviesaCatalan, Valencian
- мѫдростьOld Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
- خردمندی, خرد, حکمتPersian
- gliocasScottish Gaelic
- sabenza, sabedoríaGalician
- խոհեմություն, իմաստությունArmenian
- saggezza, discernimento, senno, sensoItalian
- 知恵, 英知, 知識Japanese
- sapientia, sagacitas, scientia, sapientia,Latin
- ဉာဏ်, ဝိဇ္ဇာ, ဉာဏBurmese
- ił ééhózinNavajo, Navaho
- sabedoria, sapiência, orientação, bom senso, sagacidadePortuguese
- înțelepciune, sapiență, judecatăRomanian
- мудрост, mudrostSerbo-Croatian
- falsafa, hekima, mwanafalsafaSwahili
- hikmet, bilgelik, akılTurkish
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