See also: Sapiens

English edit

Etymology edit

From translingual Homo sapiens, from Latin sapiēns, present active participle of sapiō (discern, be capable of discerning).

Noun edit

sapiens (plural sapiens or sapientes)

  1. A human being (Homo sapiens).
    • 2000, William H. Libaw, How we got to be human: subjective minds with objective bodies, page 277:
      The earliest sapiens were gatherers, scavengers, and hunters of food.
    • 2005, Sherwood L. Washburn, Classification and Human Evolution, page 335:
      Even if we assume that the rate of change was slow and the evolving population large, we must still assume that sapiens was rather isolated.

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Latin edit

Etymology edit

Present active participle of sapiō (I discern).

Pronunciation edit

Participle edit

sapiēns (genitive sapientis, comparative sapientior, superlative sapientissimus, adverb sapienter); third-declension one-termination participle

  1. discerning, wise, judicious
    Synonyms: callidus, prūdēns, sollers
    Antonyms: īnsipiēns, stupidus, fatuus, stultus, āmēns, dēmēns
  2. discreet
  3. (masculine substantive) a wise man, sage, philosopher
    • (Can we date this quote?) Anonymous
      Sapiens nihil affirmat quod non probata wise man asserts nothing which he does not (ap)prove

Declension edit

Third-declension participle.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative sapiēns sapientēs sapientia
Genitive sapientis sapientium
Dative sapientī sapientibus
Accusative sapientem sapiēns sapientēs
Ablative sapiente
Vocative sapiēns sapientēs sapientia

1When used purely as an adjective.

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References edit

  • sapiens”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • sapiens”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • sapiens in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • sapiens in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette.
  • Carl Meißner, Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • a wise man is in no way affected by this: hoc nihil ad sapientem pertinet
    • it is incompatible with the nature of a wise man; the wise are superior to such things: hoc in sapientem non cadit
    • what do we understand by 'a wise man': quem intellegimus sapientem?

Middle English edit

Noun edit


  1. Alternative form of sapience