Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being sapient; wisdom; sageness; profound knowledge; also, practical wisdom; common prudence: often used ironically. [In early writers the meaning is influenced by the sixth book of Aristotle's “Nicomachæan Ethics,” where this word was used to translate
σοφία, defined by Aristotle as the union of science, or demonstrative knowledge, with nous, or cognition of principles. Aristotle also applies it to the knowledge of a master of any art. But in scholastic writings it usually means knowledge of the most difficult subjects, metaphysics, theology, thus again translating σοφία].
- n. The reasonable soul; the intellective faculty; that which distinguishes men from brutes; reason.
- n. The sense of taste, or intelligence compared to taste.
- n. The apocryphal Book of Wisdom.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality of being sapient; wisdom; sageness; knowledge.
- n. ability to apply knowledge or experience or understanding or common sense and insight
- Old French sapience, from Latin sapientia. (Wiktionary)
“First of all, he claims ignorance on the part of whether or not fetuses are sentient and I was making the common error of confusing sentience with sapience, which is what I think most people consider for what has rights as his primary excuse for supporting abortion and in his words, “only the Christian Right argues against that.””
“The strength and truculency of the vested interests with which he would have to deal were too much for a man whose nerve was weakened by philosophy and experience, and Laelius by his retreat justified, if he did not gain, the soubriquet which proclaimed his "sapience". [”
“Confusing sentience and sapience, awareness and intellect, they schism the self, imagine reason as the pilot of this intransigent meat-robot, this beast of a machine with its wayward impulses that must be reined in, restrained and redirected, repressed.”
“Protagonists are a blind girl whose recovery of her sight triggers the emergence of an Internet-based sapience, an artistic chimpanzee and a dissident behind the Great Firewall of China.”
“It was working; the spider was establishing communication with a non-arachnid sapience!”
“Concerning such sacred endeavors, like praxis, theory and sapience, ab ovo usque ad mala the Ancient Greek hylozoists had generated and nurtured Science, Philosophy and Wisdom.”
“Cameron lacks any and all recognizable ability of sapience.”
“Here is none of your heavy-sides, a student who studies, a greenhorn pedant, strong on letters, theology, science, and sapience, one of those dull wits cut by the square; a pin by profession.”
“As much experience is prudence, so is much science sapience.”
“And as if seeking to regain the sapience, the balance and shrewd common sense of that old Forsyte, he sat down in the ancient chair and crossed his knees.”
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