From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  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
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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
                  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.
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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 WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      n 1: accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
      2: the trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common
         sense and insight [syn: {wisdom}, {wiseness}] [ant: {folly},
         {foolishness}, {unwiseness}]
      3: ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or
         common sense and insight [syn: {wisdom}, {sapience}]
      4: the quality of being prudent and sensible [syn: {wisdom},
         {wiseness}, {soundness}] [ant: {unsoundness}]
      5: an Apocryphal book consisting mainly of a meditation on
         wisdom; although ascribed to Solomon it was probably written
         in the first century BC [syn: {Wisdom of Solomon}, {Wisdom}]

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