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Wisdom Wis"dom (-d[u^]m), n. [AS. w[imac]sd[=o]m. See {Wise},
	     a., and {-dom}.]
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	     1. The quality of being wise; knowledge, and the capacity to
	        make due use of it; knowledge of the best ends and the
	        best means; discernment and judgment; discretion;
	        sagacity; skill; dexterity.
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	              We speak also not in wise words of man's wisdom, but
	              in the doctrine of the spirit.        --Wyclif (1
	                                                    Cor. ii. 13).
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	              Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to
	              depart from evil is understanding.    --Job xxviii.
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	              It is hoped that our rulers will act with dignity
	              and wisdom that they will yield everything to
	              reason, and refuse everything to force. --Ames.
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	              Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world
	              calls wisdom.                         --Coleridge.
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	     2. The results of wise judgments; scientific or practical
	        truth; acquired knowledge; erudition.
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	              Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the
	              Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
	                                                    --Acts vii.
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	     Syn: Prudence; knowledge.
	
	     Usage: {Wisdom}, {Prudence}, {Knowledge}. Wisdom has been
	            defined to be ``the use of the best means for
	            attaining the best ends.'' ``We conceive,'' says
	            Whewell, `` prudence as the virtue by which we select
	            right means for given ends, while wisdom implies the
	            selection of right ends as well as of right means.''
	            Hence, wisdom implies the union of high mental and
	            moral excellence. Prudence (that is, providence, or
	            forecast) is of a more negative character; it rather
	            consists in avoiding danger than in taking decisive
	            measures for the accomplishment of an object. Sir
	            Robert Walpole was in many respects a prudent
	            statesman, but he was far from being a wise one. Burke
	            has said that prudence, when carried too far,
	            degenerates into a ``reptile virtue,'' which is the
	            more dangerous for its plausible appearance.
	            Knowledge, a more comprehensive term, signifies the
	            simple apprehension of facts or relations. ``In
	            strictness of language,'' says Paley, `` there is a
	            difference between knowledge and wisdom; wisdom always
	            supposing action, and action directed by it.''
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	                  Knowledge and wisdom, far from being one,
	                  Have ofttimes no connection. Knowledge dwells
	                  In heads replete with thoughts of other men;
	                  Wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
	                  Knowledge, a rude, unprofitable mass,
	                  The mere materials with which wisdom builds,
	                  Till smoothed, and squared, and fitted to its
	                  place,
	                  Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.
	                  Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
	                  Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
	                                                    --Cowper.
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	     {Wisdom tooth}, the last, or back, tooth of the full set on
	        each half of each jaw in man; -- familiarly so called,
	        because appearing comparatively late, after the person may
	        be supposed to have arrived at the age of wisdom. See the
	        Note under {Tooth}, 1.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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