wisdom

wisdom
wis|dom [ˈwızdəm] n [U]
[: Old English; Origin: wis; WISE1]
1.) good sense and judgment, based especially on your experience of life
a man of great wisdom
question/doubt the wisdom of (doing) sth
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 atpearl
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 sb'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.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Wisdom, MT — U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 114 Housing Units (2000): 88 Land area (2000): 0.949779 sq. miles (2.459917 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.007316 sq. miles (0.018949 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.957095 sq. miles (2.478866 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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