wisdom Definition

the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Using wisdom: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "wisdom" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The wise man shared his wisdom with the young generation.

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    She has gained a lot of wisdom through her life experiences.

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    It takes wisdom to make the right decision.

  • Example

    The book is full of wisdom about how to live a fulfilling life.

wisdom Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for wisdom

Antonyms for wisdom

Idioms Using wisdom

  • a little knowledge is a dangerous thing

    having a small amount of knowledge can lead to overconfidence and mistakes


    He thought he knew everything about investing, but a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

  • tooth and nail

    with all one's strength and resources


    She fought tooth and nail to get the promotion she deserved.

  • put in one's two cents

    to offer one's opinion or advice, often unsolicited


    I didn't ask for your opinion, but thanks for putting in your two cents.

Phrases with wisdom

  • pearls of wisdom

    wise and insightful sayings or advice


    My grandfather always had pearls of wisdom to share with me.

  • wise and sensible advice or judgment


    Her sound wisdom helped guide me through a difficult decision.

  • age-old wisdom

    wisdom that has been passed down through generations and stood the test of time


    The book contains age-old wisdom on how to live a happy life.

Origins of wisdom

from Old English 'wīsdōm', meaning 'knowledge, learning, experience'


Summary: wisdom in Brief

Wisdom [ˈwɪzdəm] is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment. It is exemplified by the wise sharing their pearls of wisdom, offering sound wisdom, and relying on age-old wisdom. The idiom 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' warns against overconfidence. 'Tooth and nail' describes fighting with all one's strength, while 'put in one's two cents' means to offer unsolicited advice.

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