noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English wīsdōm, from wīs wise Date: before 12th century 1. a. accumulated philosophic or scientific learning ; knowledge b. ability to discern inner qualities and relationships ; insight c. good sense ; judgment d. generally accepted belief <
challenges what has become accepted wisdom among many historians — Robert Darnton
2. a wise attitude, belief, or course of action 3. the teachings of the ancient wise men Synonyms: see sense

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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