wisdom


wisdom
noun
ADJECTIVE
deep, great, profound
accepted, common, conventional, folk, perceived, popular, prevailing, received, traditional

Conventional wisdom has it that higher oil prices are bad for economic growth.

The received wisdom is that the book is always better than the film.

practical
homespun

His journals are full of dubious pearls of homespun wisdom.

worldly

He is too lacking in worldly wisdom to be a politician.

accumulated, collective

the accumulated wisdom of generations

ancient

A bridge between ancient wisdom and modern insight is now being built.

innate, inner
political
divine
VERB + WISDOM
challenge, doubt, have doubts about, question

Many commentators doubted the political wisdom of introducing a new tax.

accept
seek

Those who seek wisdom at the shrine will find it.

dispense, impart

Do you have any wisdom to impart on this subject?

prove

The latest unemployment figures prove the wisdom of the government's policy.

WISDOM + VERB
dictate sth, have it that … , hold sth (esp. AmE)

Popular wisdom dictates that a father is essential in raising a son.

PREPOSITION
according to … wisdom, contrary to … wisdom

Contrary to conventional wisdom, stress is not a bad thing.

PHRASES
a fount of wisdom (formal or humorous), a source of wisdom

Consultants are too often seen as the source of all wisdom.

in sb's wisdom (ironic)

In their infinite wisdom, they closed the swimming pool at the busiest time of year.

pearls of wisdom (ironic)

students eager to catch pearls of wisdom from the professor's lips

wit and wisdom

He entertained the audience for two hours with his wit and wisdom.

with the wisdom of hindsight

It's easy enough to see what we should have done, with the wisdom of hindsight.

words of wisdom

The former world champion imparted a few words of wisdom to the young runners.


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  • Wisdom — Wis dom ( d[u^]m), n. [AS. w[imac]sd[=o]m. See {Wise}, a., and { dom}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Wisdom — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Jack Wisdom (* 1953), amerikanischer Physiker Arthur John Terence Dibben Wisdom, besser bekannt als John Wisdom (1904 1993), britischer Philosoph Norman Wisdom (1915–2010), britischer Schauspieler Tom… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • wisdom — O.E. wisdom, from wis (see WISE (Cf. wise) (adj.)) + DOM (Cf. dom). A common Gmc. compound (Cf. O.S., O.Fris. wisdom, O.N. visdomr, O.H.G. wistuom wisdom, Ger. Weistum judicial sentence serving as a precedent ). Wisdom teeth …   Etymology dictionary

  • wisdom — I noun acumen, astuteness, caliber, clear thinking, cognition, common sense, comprehension, discernment, discretion, edification, enlightenment, erudition, experience, good judgment, information, insight, intellectuality, intelligence, knowledge …   Law dictionary

  • Wisdom — Wisdom, MT U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 114 Housing Units (2000): 88 Land area (2000): 0.949779 sq. miles (2.459917 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.007316 sq. miles (0.018949 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.957095 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Wisdom, MT — U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 114 Housing Units (2000): 88 Land area (2000): 0.949779 sq. miles (2.459917 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.007316 sq. miles (0.018949 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.957095 sq. miles (2.478866 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • wisdom — [wiz′dəm] n. [ME < OE < wis, WISE1 + dom, DOM] 1. the quality of being wise; power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action, based on knowledge, experience, understanding, etc.; good judgment; sagacity 2. learning;… …   English World dictionary

  • wisdom — judgment, *sense, gumption Analogous words: discretion, *prudence, foresight: judiciousness, sageness, saneness, sapience (see corresponding adjectives at WISE): sagacity, perspicacity, shrewdness (see corresponding adjectives at SHREWD) Antonyms …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wisdom — [n] insight, common sense acumen, astuteness, balance, brains*, caution, circumspection, clear thinking, comprehension, discernment, discrimination, enlightenment, erudition, experience, foresight, good judgment, gumption*, horse sense*,… …   New thesaurus


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