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  ( wisdoms    plural  )
1       n-uncount   Wisdom is the ability to use your experience and knowledge in order to make sensible decisions or judgments.  
...the patience and wisdom that comes from old age., ...a great man, who spoke words of great wisdom.     
2       n-var   Wisdom is the store of knowledge that a society or culture has collected over a long period of time.  
...this church's original Semitic wisdom, religion and faith.     
3       n-sing   If you talk about the wisdom of a particular decision or action, you are talking about how sensible it is.  
the N of n/-ing  
Many Lithuanians have expressed doubts about the wisdom of the decision.     
4       n-var   You can use wisdom to refer to ideas that are accepted by a large number of people.  
supp N  
Health education wisdom in the UK differs from that of the United States..., Unchallenged wisdoms flow swiftly among the middle classes.      Theconventional wisdom about something is the generally accepted view of it.  
conventional wisdom      phrase   N inflects  
...the conventional wisdom that soccer is a minor sport in America.     

wisdom tooth        ( wisdom teeth    plural  ) Your wisdom teeth are the four large teeth at the back of your mouth which usually grow much later than your other teeth.      n-count  
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astuteness, circumspection, comprehension, discernment, enlightenment, erudition, foresight, insight, intelligence, judgment, judiciousness, knowledge, learning, penetration, prudence, reason, sagacity, sapience, sense, smarts     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   sound judgment, understanding  
   absurdity, bêtise     (rare)   daftness     (informal)   folly, foolishness, idiocy, injudiciousness, nonsense, senselessness, silliness, stupidity  

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