Sapient Sa"pi*ent, a. [L. sapiens, -entis, p. pr. of sapere to taste, to have sense, to know. See {Sage}, a.] Wise; sage; discerning; -- often in irony or contempt. [1913 Webster]

Where the sapient king Held dalliance with his fair Egyptian spouse. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Sage; sagacious; knowing; wise; discerning. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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