[syn: Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wisdom \Wis"dom\ (-d[u^]m), n. [AS. w[imac]sd[=o]m. See Wise,
a., and -dom.]
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; discretion;
sagacity; skill; dexterity.
We speak also not in wise words of man's wisdom, but
in the doctrine of the spirit. --Wyclif (1
Cor. ii. 13).
Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to
depart from evil is understanding. --Job xxviii.
It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity
and wisdom that they will yield everything to
reason, and refuse everything to force. --Ames.
Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world
calls wisdom. --Coleridge.
2. The results of wise judgments; scientific or practical
truth; acquired knowledge; erudition.
Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the
Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
Syn: Prudence; knowledge.
Usage: Wisdom, Prudence, Knowledge. Wisdom has been
defined to be "the use of the best means for attaining
the best ends." "We conceive," says Whewell, "
prudence as the virtue by which we select right means
for given ends, while wisdom implies the selection of
right ends as well as of right means." Hence, wisdom
implies the union of high mental and moral excellence.
Prudence (that is, providence, or forecast) is of a
more negative character; it rather consists in
avoiding danger than in taking decisive measures for
the accomplishment of an object. Sir Robert Walpole
was in many respects a prudent statesman, but he was
far from being a wise one. Burke has said that
prudence, when carried too far, degenerates into a
"reptile virtue," which is the more dangerous for its
plausible appearance. Knowledge, a more comprehensive
term, signifies the simple apprehension of facts or
relations. "In strictness of language," says Paley, "
there is a difference between knowledge and wisdom;
wisdom always supposing action, and action directed by
Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells
In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass,
The mere materials with which wisdom builds,
Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its
Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.
Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Wisdom tooth, the last, or back, tooth of the full set on
each half of each jaw in man; -- familiarly so called,
because appearing comparatively late, after the person may
be supposed to have arrived at the age of wisdom. See the
Note under Tooth, 1.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
2: the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common
sense and insight [syn: wisdom, wiseness] [ant: folly,
3: ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or
common sense and insight [syn: wisdom, sapience]
4: the quality of being prudent and sensible [syn: wisdom,
wiseness, soundness] [ant: unsoundness]
5: an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on
wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written
in the first century BC [syn: Wisdom of Solomon, Wisdom]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
127 Moby Thesaurus words for "wisdom":
Sophia, adage, advantage, advantageousness, advisability, ana,
analects, aphorism, apothegm, apprehension, appropriateness, axiom,
beneficialness, broad-mindedness, byword, catchword, clairvoyance,
collected sayings, command, comprehension, conception,
conceptualization, convenience, current saying, decency, depth,
desirability, dictate, dictum, distich, epigram, erudition,
expedience, expediency, expression, feasibility, fitness,
fittingness, foreknowledge, fruitfulness, gnome, golden saying,
good sense, good understanding, grasp, grip, gumption, horse sense,
ideation, information, insight, intellection, intelligence,
judgment, judiciousness, know-it-all, lore, mastery, maxim,
mellow wisdom, mental grasp, moral, mot, motto, opportuneness,
oracle, percentage, perspicacity, phrase, pithy saying,
politicness, precept, precognition, prehension, prescript, profit,
profitability, profoundness, profundity, propriety, proverb,
proverbial saying, proverbs, prudence, rightness, ripe wisdom,
sagaciousness, sagacity, sageness, saneness, sapience, savvy, saw,
saying, science, seasonableness, seasoned understanding,
seemliness, sentence, sententious expression, shrewdness, sloka,
smart, smarty, smarty-pants, sound understanding, stock saying,
suitability, sutra, teaching, text, timeliness, understanding,
usefulness, verse, wisdom literature, wise guy, wise saying,
wiseacre, wisecracker, wisehead, wiseness, wisenheimer, witticism,
word, words of wisdom, worthwhileness
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
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 sq. km)
FIPS code: 81250
Located within: Montana (MT), FIPS 30
Location: 45.616120 N, 113.449742 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 59761
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.