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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wisdom  \Wis"dom\  (-d[u^]m),  n.  [AS.  w[imac]sd[=o]m.  See  {Wise}, 
  a.,  and  {-dom}.] 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  wise;  knowledge,  and  the  capacity  to 
  make  due  use  of  it  knowledge  of  the  best  ends  and  the 
  best  means  discernment  and  judgment;  discretion; 
  sagacity;  skill;  dexterity. 
  We  speak  also  not  in  wise  words  of  man's  wisdom,  but 
  in  the  doctrine  of  the  spirit.  --Wyclif  (1 
  Cor.  ii  13). 
  Behold,  the  fear  of  the  Lord,  that  is  wisdom;  and  to 
  depart  from  evil  is  understanding.  --Job  xxviii. 
  It  is  hoped  that  our  rulers  will  act  with  dignity 
  and  wisdom  that  they  will  yield  everything  to 
  reason,  and  refuse  everything  to  force.  --Ames. 
  Common  sense  in  an  uncommon  degree  is  what  the  world 
  calls  wisdom.  --Coleridge. 
  2.  The  results  of  wise  judgments;  scientific  or  practical 
  truth;  acquired  knowledge;  erudition. 
  Moses  was  learned  in  all  the  wisdom  of  the 
  Egyptians,  and  was  mighty  in  words  and  in  deeds. 
  --Acts  vii. 
  Syn:  Prudence;  knowledge. 
  Usage:  {Wisdom},  {Prudence},  {Knowledge}.  Wisdom  has  been 
  defined  to  be  ``the  use  of  the  best  means  for 
  attaining  the  best  ends.''  ``We  conceive,''  says 
  Whewell  ``  prudence  as  the  virtue  by  which  we  select 
  right  means  for  given  ends  while  wisdom  implies  the 
  selection  of  right  ends  as  well  as  of  right  means.'' 
  Hence  wisdom  implies  the  union  of  high  mental  and 
  moral  excellence.  Prudence  (that  is  providence,  or 
  forecast)  is  of  a  more  negative  character;  it  rather 
  consists  in  avoiding  danger  than  in  taking  decisive 
  measures  for  the  accomplishment  of  an  object.  Sir 
  Robert  Walpole  was  in  many  respects  a  prudent 
  statesman,  but  he  was  far  from  being  a  wise  one  Burke 
  has  said  that  prudence,  when  carried  too  far 
  degenerates  into  a  ``reptile  virtue,''  which  is  the 
  more  dangerous  for  its  plausible  appearance. 
  Knowledge,  a  more  comprehensive  term,  signifies  the 
  simple  apprehension  of  facts  or  relations.  ``In 
  strictness  of  language,''  says  Paley,  ``  there  is  a 
  difference  between  knowledge  and  wisdom;  wisdom  always 
  supposing  action  and  action  directed  by  it.'' 
  Knowledge  and  wisdom,  far  from  being  one  Have 
  ofttimes  no  connection.  Knowledge  dwells  In 
  heads  replete  with  thoughts  of  other  men; 
  Wisdom,  in  minds  attentive  to  their  own 
  Knowledge,  a  rude,  unprofitable  mass,  The  mere 
  materials  with  which  wisdom  builds,  Till 
  smoothed,  and  squared,  and  fitted  to  its  place 
  Does  but  encumber  whom  it  seems  to  enrich. 
  Knowledge  is  proud  that  he  has  learned  so  much 
  Wisdom  is  humble  that  he  knows  no  more 
  {Wisdom  tooth},  the  last  or  back  tooth  of  the  full  set  on 
  each  half  of  each  jaw  in  man;  --  familiarly  so  called 
  because  appearing  comparatively  late,  after  the  person  may 
  be  supposed  to  have  arrived  at  the  age  of  wisdom.  See  the 
  Note  under  {Tooth},  1. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  accumulated  knowledge  or  erudition  or  enlightenment 
  2:  the  trait  of  utilizing  knowledge  and  experience  with  common 
  sense  and  insight  [syn:  {wiseness}]  [ant:  {folly}] 
  3:  ability  to  apply  knowledge  or  experience  or  understanding  or 
  common  sense  and  insight  [syn:  {sapience}] 
  4:  the  quality  of  being  prudent  and  sensible  [syn:  {wiseness}, 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Wisdom,  MT 
  Zip  code(s):  59761 

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