Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Lack of wisdom; imprudence or recklessness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Want of wisdom; unwise conduct or action; folly; simplicity; ignorance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of wisdom; ignorance; foolishness; folly; unwise conduct or speech.

Etymologies

Old English unwīsdōm, corresponding to un- +‎ wisdom. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 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.

    What the Greeks Are Teaching

  • 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."

    Iran's Ahmadinejad, Information Pariah

  • Welse was the Company, and there was a superstition extant concerning the unwisdom of being on indifferent terms with the Company.

    CHAPTER 21

  • * 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.

    [AKICILJ] for forty days and forty night they rode through red blood to the knee

  • 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.

    A Conversation with Harold Bloom author of How To Read and Why

  • 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.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Washington Post Editorializes in Praise of Harold Koh’s Drone Statement

  • “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.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • “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.”

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Mercifully, the challenge is no gauge of genuine public sentiment, since anyone can register to vote over and over – rupert@newscorp.com worked – so this is no proof of the unwisdom of crowds.

    Loyal, public service merits more than this cold trashing

  • Hopefully the next election will reveal the unwisdom of taking us thus for granted.

    Archive 2008-02-10

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