Intelligence. Wisdom.

[Antonyms: imbecility, folly.]

[Nouns] intelligence, capacity, comprehension, understanding; cuteness, sabe [U.S.], savvy [U.S.]; intellect [more]; nous, parts, sagacity, mother wit, wit, esprit, gumption, quick parts, grasp of intellect; acuteness; acumen, subtlety, penetration, perspicacy, perspicacity; discernment, due sense of, good judgment; discrimination [more]; cunning [more]; refinement (taste) [more].

head, brains, headpiece, upper story, long head; eagle eye, eagle glance; eye of a lynx, eye of a hawk.

wisdom, sapience, sense; good sense, common sense, horse sense [U.S.], plain sense; rationality, reason; reasonableness; judgment; solidity, depth, profundity, caliber; enlarged views; reach of thought, compass of thought; enlargement of mind.

genius, inspiration, geist, fire of genius, heaven-born genius, soul; talent (aptitude) [more].

[Wisdom in action] prudence [more]; vigilance [more]; tact [more]; foresight [more]; sobriety, self-possession, aplomb, ballast.

a bright thought, not a bad idea.

[Verbs] be intelligent; have all one's wits about one; understand (intelligible) [more]; catch an idea, take in an idea; take a joke, take a hint.

see through, see at a glance, see with half an eye, see far into, see through a millstone; penetrate; discern (descry) [more]; foresee [more].

discriminate [more]; know what's what [more]; listen to reason.

[Adjectives] [Applied to persons] intelligent, quick of apprehension, keen, acute, alive, brainy, awake, bright, quick, sharp; quick witted, keen witted, clear witted, sharp-eyed, sharp sighted, sharp witted; wide-awake; canny, shrewd, astute; clear-headed; farsighted [more]; discerning, perspicacious, penetrating, piercing; argute; nimble-witted, needle-witted; sharp as a needle; alive to (cognizant) [more]; clever (apt) [more]; arch (cunning) [more]; pas si bete; acute [more].

wise, sage, sapient, sagacious, reasonable, rational, sound, in one's right mind, sensible, abnormis sapiens, judicious, strong-minded.

unprejudiced, unbiased, unbigoted, unprepossessed; undazzled, unperplexed; of unwarped judgment, impartial, equitable, fair.

cool; cool-headed, long-headed, hardheaded, strong-headed; long-sighted, calculating, thoughtful, reflecting; solid, deep, profound.

oracular; heaven-directed, heaven-born.

prudent (cautious) [more]; sober, stand, solid; considerate, politic, wise in one's generation; watchful [more]; provident (prepared) [more]; in advance of one' age; wise as a serpent, wise as Solomon, wise as Solon.

[Applied to actions] wise, sensible, reasonable, judicious; well- judged, well-advised; prudent, politic; expedient [more].

[Phrases] aut regem aut fatuum nasci oportet; "but with the morning cool reflection came" [Scott]; flosculi sententiarum; les affaires font les hommes; mas vale saber que haber; mas vale ser necio que profiadol nemo solus sapit [Plautus]; nosce te; nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit [Seneca, from Aristotle]; sapere aude [Horace]; victrix fortunae sapientia [Juvenal].

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