American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Lack of wisdom; imprudence or recklessness.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Lack of wisdom; ignorance; foolishness; folly; unwise conduct or speech.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Want of wisdom; unwise conduct or action; folly; simplicity; ignorance.
- Old English unwīsdōm, corresponding to un- + wisdom. (Wiktionary)
“Today's growth gap between Europe's north and south, which some say proves the unwisdom of a common monetary policy, is hardly organic—it's the product of their common mistake in loading too much debt on unreformed southern economies in giddy expectation of euro-based prosperity.”
“In his history of World War II, Winston Churchill identified the theme of the first volume ( "The Gathering Storm") as "how the English-speaking peoples through their unwisdom, carelessness and good nature allowed the wicked to return.”
“Welse was the Company, and there was a superstition extant concerning the unwisdom of being on indifferent terms with the Company.”
“* For example, Lafayette's expression after Sookie places that jambalaya order, having been reminded of it by his ranting about the unwisdom of asking what goes in the sausage.”
“And I think that all of them have either a great wisdom or, quite manifestly, a great unwisdom, which teaches you a good deal also.”
“Assuming they themselves do not behave criminally, like Lt. Calley in Vietnam, the unwisdom or injustice of the cause must not be a mark against their service.”
““I have given you my own personal conviction, as well as that of my associates,” Eisenhower wrote, “as to the unwisdom even of contemplating the use of military force at this moment.””
““I have given you my own personal conviction, as well as that of my associates, as to the unwisdom even of contemplating the use of military force at this moment.””
“Mercifully, the challenge is no gauge of genuine public sentiment, since anyone can register to vote over and over – firstname.lastname@example.org worked – so this is no proof of the unwisdom of crowds.”
“Hopefully the next election will reveal the unwisdom of taking us thus for granted.”
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