Definition of wisdom in English:


Line breaks: wis¦dom
Pronunciation: /ˈwɪzdəm


[mass noun]
1The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement; the quality of being wise: listen to his words of wisdom
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  • And a stoic is a person who combines the qualities of wisdom, upright dealing, and courage.
  • For all her power, he felt she lacked wisdom and judgement, and it was past time she learned her place.
  • The authors of these guides have years of inside knowledge, wisdom and practical experience to pass on to you.
1.1The fact of being based on sensible or wise thinking: some questioned the wisdom of building the dam so close to an active volcano
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  • If spending on this scale is sensible, its wisdom ought to be demonstrable.
  • It was only months later, when her father suffered a heart attack, that she questioned the rabbis' wisdom.
  • The old woman showed great wisdom in asking the question that she did.
1.2The body of knowledge and experience that develops within a specified society or period: Eastern wisdom
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  • The second human characteristic is a widespread tendency to accept conventional wisdoms, be they religious, economic or scientific.
  • Allies need to do more about training good minds who are expert on Asia and who are not afraid of challenging conventional intelligence wisdoms.
  • He said the country was well placed to draw on established moral wisdoms, such as African, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Christian and other faiths and securalist views.


Old English wīsdōm (see wise1, -dom).


in someone's wisdom

Used ironically to suggest that someone’s action is not well judged: in their wisdom they decided to dispense with him
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  • Council, in their wisdom, said they needed more information, which was a little frustrating for us.
  • We offered Steven a very lucrative contract but Steven and his advisers have, in their wisdom, decided against it.
  • This morning upon crossing into England I discovered that someone, somewhere in local authority, in their wisdom, had decided that despite the weather forecast grit would not be spread on the roads.

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