Definition of wisdom noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwɪzdəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪzdəm//
    [uncountable] Clever, Old age
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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 See related entries: Clever, Old age
  2. 2wisdom of something/of doing something how sensible something is I question the wisdom of giving a child so much money. See related entries: Clever
  3. 3the knowledge that a society or culture has gained over a long period of time the collective wisdom of the Native American people See related entries: Clever
  4. Word OriginOld English wīsdōm (see wise, -dom).Extra examples Consultants are too often seen as the source of all wisdom. Contrary to conventional wisdom, stress is not a bad thing. Conventional wisdom has it that higher oil prices are bad for economic growth. Do you have any wisdom to impart on this subject? He entertained the audience for two hours with his wit and wisdom. He is too lacking in worldly wisdom to be a politician. His journals are full of dubious pearls of homespun wisdom. In their infinite wisdom, the council closed the swimming pool for the school holidays. In their infinite wisdom, they closed the swimming pool at the busiest time of year. It’s easy enough to see what we should have done, with the wisdom of hindsight. Many commentators doubted the political wisdom of introducing a new tax. Popular wisdom dictates that a father is essential in raising a son. She devoted her life to the pursuit of wisdom. The former world champion imparted a few words of wisdom to the young runners. The latest unemployment figures prove the wisdom of the government’s policy. The received wisdom is that the book is always better than the film. Those who seek wisdom at the shrine will find it. students eager to catch pearls of wisdom from the professor’s lips the accumulated wisdom of generations All the religions of the past contain vast amounts of wisdom that can be of service to mankind. Children need to feel that their parents are in control; they don’t have the experience or wisdom to know best. Conventional wisdom has it that all sense of community has gone, but that is not the case where I live. Do you have any more words of wisdom for us? He was known to be a man of great wisdom. I was not quite so lacking in worldly wisdom as to accept this invitation from a complete stranger. I would hardly regard him as a fount/​source of all wisdom. In their infinite wisdom they have decided to close the main road during the holiday season. Native American wisdom was passed on from generation to generation. Several people questioned the wisdom of building in that particular spot. The monks dedicate their lives to prayer and the pursuit of wisdom. They would go to the holy shrines to seek wisdom. They would treat these pearls of wisdom with some scepticism. We need to combine ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. You cannot just ignore the accumulated wisdom of a whole culture.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. See related entries: Clever
    in his/her/its, etc. (infinite) wisdom
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    used when you are saying that you do not understand why somebody has done something The government in its wisdom has decided to support the ban. See related entries: Clever
    (usually ironic) a wise remark Thank you for those pearls of wisdom.
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