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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French sapience, from Latin sapientia.

NounEdit

sapience (usually uncountable, plural sapiences)

  1. The property of being sapient, the property of possessing or being able to possess wisdom.
    • 1478, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, "The Wife of Bath's Tale" 1195-8, [1]
      Povert is hateful good, and, as I gesse, / A ful greet bringer out of bisinesse; / A greet amender eek of sapience / To him that taketh it in pacience.
    • 1651, Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Part I, Chapter V, [2]
      As much Experience, is Prudence; so, is much Science, Sapience.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book VII, 192-6, [3]
      Mean while the Son / On his great Expedition now appeer'd, / Girt with Omnipotence, with Radiance crown'd / Of Majestie Divine, Sapience and Love / Immense, and all his Father in him shon.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 8, [4]
      Was it that his eccentric unsentimental old sapience, primitive in its kind, saw or thought it saw something which, in contrast with the war-ship's environment, looked oddly incongruous in the Handsome Sailor?
    • 1926, Dorothy Parker, "Ballade at Thirty-Five" in The Collected Poetry of Dorothy Parker, New York: The Modern Library, 1936, p. 60,
      This, a solo of sapience, / This, a chantey of sophistry, / This, the sum of experiments— / I loved them until they loved me.
    • 2009, Robert Brandom, Reason in Philosophy: Animating Ideas
      I then marked out three ways in which we can instead describe and demarcate ourselves in terms of the sapience that distinguishes us from the beasts of forest and field.

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French sapience, from Old French sapience, borrowed from Latin sapientia.

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

sapience f (plural sapiences)

  1. wisdom, sapience

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French sapience.

NounEdit

sapience f (plural sapiences)

  1. wisdom, sapience
    • 1534, François Rabelais, Gargantua:
      car leur sçavoir n'estoit que besterie et leur sapience n'estoit que moufles
      for their knowledge was just nonsense and their wisdom was just waffle.

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Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin sapientia.

NounEdit

sapience f (oblique plural sapiences, nominative singular sapience, nominative plural sapiences)

  1. wisdom, sapience

DescendantsEdit