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Wisdom, 1) science, knowledge: “though the w. of nature can reason it thus and thus,” Lr. I, 2, 113. “what can man's w. in the restoring his bereaved sense?” IV, 4, 8. cf. Merch. IV, 1, 409.
2) the quality of being wise (often opposed to folly); applied with great latitude to any degree of the faculty of discerning and judging what is most just and proper, from the sapience of the sage to the sound discretion of policy or common sense: “'tis not w. thus to second grief against yourself,” Ado V, 1, 2. “cold w. waiting on superfluous folly,” All's I, 1, 116. “w. cries out in the streets, and no man regards it,” H4A I, 2, 99 (cf. Proverbs I, 20. 24). Meas. II, 1, 32. II, 4, 78. LLL V, 2, 70. Merch. I, 1, 92. Wint. II, 1, 21. H6B I, 1, 33. H8 V, 5, 25. Rom. III, 5, 171. Tim. III, 5, 51. Lr. IV, 2, 38. “herein lives w., beauty and increase,” Sonn. 11, 5. “much upon this riddle runs the w. of the world,” Meas. III, 2, 242. “show your w. in your close patience,” IV, 3, 122. pace your w. in that “good path,” IV, 3, 122 “pray heaven his w. be not tainted,” IV, 4, 5. “your long experience of her w.” Err. III, 1, 89. “w. and blood combating in so tender a body,” Ado II, 3, 170. IV, 1, 189. V, 1, 239. LLL IV, 3, 357. V, 2, 742. Merch. II, 9, 81. As I, 2, 74. Shr. V, 2, 127. All's I, 2, 9. II, 1, 87. Tw. III, 1, 47. Wint. IV, 4, 150. H4A IV, 1, 64. H4B I, 1, 162. H6B III, 1, 195. V, 2, 75. H6C IV, 7, 60. R3 I, 4, 99. III, 7, 40. H8 I, 3, 29. Cor. I, 1, 219. Hml. I, 2, 15. Lr. I, 4, 102. Lr. I, 4, 102 Ant. V, 2, 150 etc.
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