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

  • adj. Having great wisdom and discernment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Possessing wisdom and discernment; wise, learned.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wise; sage; discerning; -- often in irony or contempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wise; sage; discerning: now generally used ironically.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. acutely insightful and wise


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sapiēns, sapient-, present participle of sapere, to taste, be wise; see sep- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French sapient, or its source, Latin sapiēns. (Wiktionary)


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  • One of my main conclusions is that our species is simply not sufficiently wise (or I prefer the term 'sapient' to differentiate between a native capacity and an actualized capability) to deal with the world we have created.

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  • Some - the infallibly sapient Roger Kimball, for example - still do.

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  • There may or may not be such a world, but our sapient brain finds the idea easy to learn and entertain.

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  • When the food came, her sapient remarks were completely justified.

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  • It even tries to swallow the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela, even to devour Marxism, that is, scientific, philosophic, sapient socialism on a global scale.

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  • Out of gratitude, perhaps President Obama could support President Chavez now to help in the launching of an international class struggle, to direct this global fiasco towards "green pastures and flowing waters", towards scientific, philosophic, sapient socialism ..

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  • Our real political victory will occur when the emotional joy has subsided, and global reality will demonstrate that the only road left for permanent global revolution is scientific, philosophic and sapient socialism, that is, criticizing, self-critical, living Marxism.

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  • And so, despite thy solemn smile and sapient shake of the head, I will go on picking such interest as I can out of my trivial adventures, even though that interest should be the creation of my own fancy; nor will I cease to indict on thy devoted eyes the labour of perusing the scrolls in which I shall record my narrative.



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