What does wisdom mean?

Definitions for wisdom
ˈwɪz dəmwis·dom

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wisdom.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wisdom(noun)

    accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment

  2. wisdom, wiseness(noun)

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

  3. wisdom, sapience(noun)

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

  4. wisdom, wiseness, soundness(noun)

    the quality of being prudent and sensible

  5. 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

Wiktionary

  1. wisdom(Noun)

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

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

  2. wisdom(Noun)

    A piece of wise advice.

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

  3. wisdom(Noun)

    The discretionary use of knowledge for the greatest good.

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

  4. wisdom(Noun)

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

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

  5. wisdom(Noun)

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

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

  6. wisdom(Noun)

    The ability to know and apply spiritual truths.

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

  7. Wisdom(ProperNoun)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wisdom(adj)

    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. Wisdom(adj)

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

Freebase

  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  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Dr. Thomas Arnold Mindell:

    The more I work with the body, keeping my assumptions in a temporary state of reservation, the more I appreciate and sympathize with a given "disease." The body no longer appears as a sick or irrational demon, but as a process with its own inner logic and wisdom.

  2. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

  3. Sophocles, Tiresias. Oedipus the King 315:

    How terrible it is to have wisdom when it does not benefit those who have it.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    The Bible is the Greatest book of wisdom and knowledge ever written and published. In fact, it is the most widely read book in the world, the most fiercely debated and the most often quoted book in history. Thus, the Bible is the Greatest book of all time. It is a collection of books that encompasses past or ancient stories, chronicles, teachings, laws, parables, proverbs, psalms, teachers, preachers, heroes, heroines, saints, kings, queens, prophecies, prophets, prophetesses, miracles, warnings, signs, wonders, mysteries, revelations (the past, present and future events collectively) and much more than that, including extraordinary insights or words of wisdom (encouragement) from Jesus Christ himself (the greatest teacher and inspirator of all time), king Solomon, king David, saint Paul among other ancient wise men and women. Billions of copies have been published and sold globally already. And many more copies will be published and sold sooner or later. In other words, the Bible has been read by the world as a whole. Even the posterity (all future generations ahead) will surely read the Bible. You can bet your bottom dollar. -Emeasoba George

  5. Jen Ramsey:

    Listen quietly... the calling inside you is real... your innate wisdom is waiting for you to say yes and step into all of who you are.

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