What does wisdom mean?

Definitions for wisdom
ˈwɪz dəmwis·dom

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wisdomnoun

    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

  2. wisdom, wisenessnoun

    the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight

  3. wisdom, sapiencenoun

    ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight

  4. wisdom, wiseness, soundnessnoun

    the quality of being prudent and sensible

  5. Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdomnoun

    an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written in the first century BC


  1. wisdomnoun

    An element of personal character that enables one to distinguish the wise from the unwise.

  2. wisdomnoun

    A piece of wise advice.

  3. wisdomnoun

    The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.

  4. wisdomnoun

    The ability to apply relevant knowledge in an insightful way, especially to different situations from that in which the knowledge was gained.

  5. wisdomnoun

    The ability to make a decision based on the combination of knowledge, experience, and intuitive understanding.

  6. wisdomnoun

    The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.

  7. Wisdomnoun

    The Wisdom of Solomon,a book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.

  8. Etymology: wisdom, corresponding to wise + noun suffix -dom. Cognate with Old Norse vísdómr, German Weistum, Danish/Norwegian/Swedish visdom.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wisdomnoun

    Sapience; the power of judging rightly.

    Etymology: wisdom , Saxon; wiisdom, Danish.

    That which moveth God to work is goodness, and that which ordereth his work is wisdom, and that which perfecteth his work is power. Richard Hooker.

    ’Tis much he dares,
    And to that dauntless temper of his mind,
    He hath a wisdom that doth guide his valour
    To act in safety. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Wisdom and fortune combating together,
    If that the former dare but what it can,
    No chance may shake it. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleopatra.

    As from senses reason’s work doth spring,
    So many reasons understanding gain,
    And many understandings knowledge bring,
    And by much knowledge wisdom we obtain. Davies.

    Wisdom is that which makes men judge what are the best ends, and what the best means to attain them, and gives a man advantage of counsel and direction. William Temple.

    As science is properly that knowledge which relateth to the essences of things, so wisdom to their operations. Nehemiah Grew, Cosm.


  1. Wisdom

    Wisdom, sapience, or sagacity is the ability to contemplate and act productively using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense and insight. Wisdom is associated with attributes such as unbiased judgment, compassion, experiential self-knowledge, self-transcendence and non-attachment, and virtues such as ethics and benevolence.Wisdom has been defined in many different ways, including several distinct approaches to assess the characteristics attributed to wisdom.


  1. wisdom

    Wisdom generally refers to the ability to discern and make sound judgments based on knowledge, experience, and good judgment. It involves the capacity to make thoughtful decisions, understand complicated situations, and offer thoughtful advice or guidance. Wisdom is often associated with depth of understanding and the ability to apply knowledge in a practical and beneficial manner. It encompasses insights gained from personal experiences as well as accumulated knowledge and can be regarded as a higher level of intelligence, incorporating emotional intelligence and moral reasoning. Wisdom is typically seen as a valuable and desirable trait that is developed and honed over time.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wisdomadjective

    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

  2. Wisdomadjective

    the results of wise judgments; scientific or practical truth; acquired knowledge; erudition


  1. Wisdom

    Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgments and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one's emotional reactions so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one's actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true coupled with optimum judgment as to action. Synonyms include: sagacity, discernment, or insight.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wisdom

    wiz′dum, n. quality of being wise: judgment: right use of knowledge: learning: (B.) skilfulness, speculation, spiritual perception: the apocryphal Book of the Wisdom of Solomon (see Apocrypha).—n. Wis′dom-tooth, a large double back-tooth, so called because it appears late, when people are supposed to have arrived at the age of wisdom. [A.S. wísdóm, wisdom. Cf. Wise.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. wisdom

    A term Pride uses when talking of Necessity.

Editors Contribution

  1. wisdom

    The quality of being wise with knowledge.

    Wisdom is a real gift to the soul.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

  2. wisdomnoun

    Having or showing the quality experience of knowledge and good judgement by denoting rank or status.

    She seems kind and wise even though there is more to her orah.

    Etymology: Sokoiya Marriage (Covenant)

    Submitted by Tony_Elyon on September 1, 2023  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wisdom is ranked #5194 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wisdom surname appeared 6,734 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Wisdom.

    77.6% or 5,229 total occurrences were White.
    14.2% or 960 total occurrences were Black.
    3.7% or 249 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 164 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.5% or 101 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 31 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wisdom' in Nouns Frequency: #2278

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wisdom in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wisdom in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of wisdom in a Sentence

  1. Nick Josefowitz:

    Indeed, in recent years the situation has become so much worse. Yet too often City Hall is still making decisions on homelessness based on folk wisdom rather than hard evidence.

  2. Wesley D'Amico:

    When wisdom has no self-esteem, knowledge has no limit.”

  3. Dilip Jeste:

    In other words, people who have high levels of wisdom didn't feel lonely, and vice versa.

  4. Alan Stewart Paton:

    Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom.

  5. Alexandre Dumas:

    All human wisdom is summed up in two words; wait and hope.

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