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Meaning of “wisdom” in the English Dictionary

"wisdom" in British English

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wisdomnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈwɪz.dəm/
B2 the ​ability to use ​yourknowledge and ​experience to make good ​decisions and ​judgments: I ​certainlyhope to ​gain a little wisdom as I ​growolder. He ​hosts a ​weeklyradioprogramme in which he dispenses wisdom (= gives his ​opinions) on a ​variety of ​subjects. I ​tend to doubt the wisdom of ​separating a ​child from ​itsfamily whatever the ​circumstances. Did we ​everstop to question the wisdom of going to ​war? Before I went off to ​university my ​father gave me a few words of wisdom. Conventional/Received/Popular wisdom has it (= most ​peoplethink) that women are more ​emotional than men, but in my ​experience it often isn't the ​case.

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(Definition of wisdom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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wisdomnoun [U]

 us   /ˈwɪz·dəm/
the ​ability to make good ​judgmentsbased on what you have ​learned from ​yourexperience, or the ​knowledge and ​understanding that gives you this ​ability Wisdom also ​means the ​quality of being a good ​judgment: I ​question the wisdom of separating a ​child from his ​brothers and ​sisters whatever the ​circumstances.
(Definition of wisdom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “wisdom”
in Arabic حِكْمة…
in Korean 지혜…
in Portuguese sabedoria, bom senso, sensatez…
in Catalan saviesa, seny…
in Japanese 知恵, 賢さ…
in Chinese (Simplified) 智慧, 明智…
in Turkish akıl, akıllılık…
in Russian мудрость…
in Chinese (Traditional) 智慧, 明智…
in Italian saggezza…
in Polish mądrość…
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