American English

Definition of wisdom noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the ability to make sensible decisions and give good advice because of the experience and knowledge that you have a woman of great wisdom words of wisdom
  2. 2wisdom of something/of doing something how sensible something is Iquestion the wisdom of giving a child so much money.
  3. 3the knowledge that a society or culture has gained over a long period of time the collective wisdom of the Native American people
  4. Idioms
    conventional/received wisdom
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    the view or belief that most people hold Conventional wisdom has it that riots only ever happen in cities.
    in his/her/its, etc. (infinite) wisdom
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    used when you are saying that you do not understand why someone has done something The government in its infinite wisdom has decided to support the ban.
    a pearl of wisdom (usually ironic)
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    a wise remark Thank you for those pearls of wisdom.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: wisdom