American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The quality of being discerning, sound in judgment, and farsighted; wisdom.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state or character of being sagacious, in any sense; sagaciousness.
- n. Synonyms Perspicacity, etc. (see judgment), insight, motherwit. See astute and discernment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being sagacious; quickness or acuteness of sense perceptions; keenness of discernment or penetration with soundness of judgment; shrewdness.
- n. the mental ability to understand and discriminate between relations
- n. the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating
- From French sagacité, from Latin sagacitas ("sagaciousness"), from sagax ("of quick perception, acute, sagacious"), from sagire ("to perceive by the senses"). (Wiktionary)
- French sagacité, from Old French sagacite, from Latin sagācitās, quickness of perception, from sagāx, sagāc-, of keen perception; see sagacious. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Is it not singular that these animals, not usually wanting in sagacity or courage, should when threatened by fire so quietly submit to their fate without making a single effort to escape?”
“There are few better guides for a young man than this book of homely sagacity, which is wisdom about the world without being tainted by the bad sort of worldly wisdom.”
“Is it my defect of spiritual experience, that while that weight of sagacity, which is the iron to the dart of genius, is needful to satisfy me, the undertone of another and a deeper knowledge does not please, does not command me?”
“Carthaginians called sagacity, and the Romans treachery and cunning, determined not to see these messengers.”
“Pinchot's funny accent work is quite unexpectedly perfect for the Dupin stories, featuring as they do the semi-hysterical Prefect of the Paris police, "G____," who is wont to burst into peals of lunatic laughter whenever Dupin calls his sagacity into question.”
“He spoke with a rare sagacity, which is a remarkable gift in a nation who exhibit more intellect in their conduct than in their conversation.”
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“It wouldn't be right to say that my relationship with George has revealed to me the "sagacity" of animals.”
“I have here certain letters from Paris on which I would consult your young sagacity which is accredited to us by the most loyal Doa Rita. '”
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