wisest


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wise \Wise\ (w[imac]z), a. [Compar. Wiser (w[imac]z"[~e]r);
   superl. Wisest.] [OE. wis, AS. w[imac]s; akin to OS. &
   OFries. w[imac]s, D. wijs, G. weise, OHG. w[imac]s,
   w[imac]si, Icel. v[imac]ss, Sw. vis, Dan. viis, Goth. weis;
   akin to wit, v. i. See Wit, v., and cf. Righteous,
   Wisdom.]
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   1. Having knowledge; knowing; enlightened; of extensive
      information; erudite; learned.
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            They are wise to do evil, but to do good they have
            no knowledge.                         --Jer. iv. 22.
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   2. Hence, especially, making due use of knowledge; discerning
      and judging soundly concerning what is true or false,
      proper or improper; choosing the best ends and the best
      means for accomplishing them; sagacious.
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            When clouds appear, wise men put their cloaks.
                                                  --Shak.
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            From a child thou hast known the holy scriptures,
            which are able to make thee wise unto salvation. --2
                                                  Tim. iii. 15.
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   3. Versed in art or science; skillful; dexterous;
      specifically, skilled in divination.
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            Fal. There was, mine host, an old fat woman even now
            with me; but she's gone.
            Sim. Pray you, sir, was't not the wise woman of
            Brentford?                            --Shak.
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   4. Hence, prudent; calculating; shrewd; wary; subtle; crafty.
      [R.] "Thou art . . . no novice, but a governor wily and
      wise." --Chaucer.
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            Nor, on the other side,
            Will I be penuriously wise
            As to make money, that's my slave, my idol. --Beau.
                                                  & Fl.
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            Lords do not care for me:
            I am too wise to die yet.             --Ford.
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   5. Dictated or guided by wisdom; containing or exhibiting
      wisdom; well adapted to produce good effects; judicious;
      discreet; as, a wise saying; a wise scheme or plan; wise
      conduct or management; a wise determination. "Eminent in
      wise deport." --Milton.
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   To make it wise, to make it a matter of deliberation.
      [Obs.] "We thought it was not worth to make it wise."
      --Chaucer.

   Wise in years, old enough to be wise; wise from age and
      experience; hence, aged; old. [Obs.]
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            A very grave, state bachelor, my dainty one;
            He's wise in years, and of a temperate warmth.
                                                  --Ford.
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            You are too wise in years, too full of counsel,
            For my green experience.              --Ford.
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