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Language: Old English
Origin: wis; WISE1

wisdom

noun
     
wis‧dom [uncountable]
1 good sense and judgment, based especially on your experience of life:
a man of great wisdom
question/doubt the wisdom of (doing) something
Local people are questioning the wisdom of spending so much money on a new road.
You can always expect a few words of wisdom from Dave.

➔ pearls of wisdom

at pearl (3)
2 knowledge gained over a long period of time through learning or experience:
the collected wisdom of many centuries
3

(the) conventional/received/traditional etc wisdom

a belief or opinion that most people have:
The conventional wisdom is that boys mature more slowly than girls.
4

in somebody's (infinite) wisdom

humorous used to say that you do not understand why someone has decided to do something:
The boss, in her infinite wisdom, has decided to reorganize the whole office yet again.

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