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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties
Division (I) Formation of Ideas
Section V. Results of Reasoning

498. Intelligence. Wisdom.

   NOUN:INTELLIGENCE, capacity, comprehension, understanding; cuteness [colloq.], sabe [slang, U. S.], savvy [slang, U. S.]; intellect [See Intellect]; nous [colloq.], docity [dial.], parts, sagacity, mother wit, wit, esprit [F.], gumption [colloq.], quick parts, grasp of intellect; acuteness &c. adj.; acumen, longheadedness, arguteness, subtility, subtlety, penetration, perspicacy [obs.], perspicacity, discernment, due sense of, good judgment; discrimination [See Discrimination]; cunning [See Cunning]; refinement (taste) [See Taste].
  HEAD, brains, gray matter [colloq.], brain-stuff [colloq.], headpiece, upper story [colloq.], long head.
  eagle -eye, – glance; eye of a lynx, eye of a hawk.
  WISDOM, sapience, sense; good-, common -, horse – [colloq., U. S.], plainsense; clear thinking, rationality, reason; reasonableness &c. adj.; judgment, solidity, depth, profundity, caliber or calibre; enlarged views; reach -, compass- of thought; enlargement of mind.
  GENIUS, lambent flame of intellect, inspiration, Geist [Ger.], fire of genius, heaven-born genius, soul; talent (aptitude) [See Skill].
  [WISDOM IN ACTION] prudence [See Caution]; vigilance [See Care]; tact [See Skill]; foresight [See Foresight]; sobriety, self-possession, aplomb [F.], ballast, mental poise, balance.
  a bright thought, an inspiration, not a bad idea.
   VERB:BE INTELLIGENT &c. adj.; have all one’s wits about one; be brilliant, be witty, scintillate, coruscate; understand (intelligible) [See Intelligibility]; catch -, take in- an idea; take a -joke, – hint.
  PENETRATE; see through, see at a glance, see with half an eye, see far into, see through a millstone [colloq.]; discern (descry) [See Vision]; foresee [See Foresight].
  DISCRIMINATE [See Discrimination]; know what’s what [colloq.] [See Skill]; listen to reason.
   ADJECTIVE:[APPLIED TO PERSONS] INTELLIGENT, quick of apprehension, keen, acute, alive, brainy [colloq.], awake, bright, quick, sharp; quick-, keen-, clear-, sharp- -eyed, -sighted, -witted; wide-awake; canny or cannie [archaic or dial.], sly, pawky [dial.], shrewd, astute; clear-headed; farsighted [See Foresight]; discerning, perspicacious, penetrating, piercing; argute; nimble-witted, needle-witted; sharp as a needle; alive to (cognizant) [See Knowledge]; clever (apt) [See Skill]; arch (cunning) [See Cunning]; pas si bête [F.]; acute [See Activity].
  WISE, sage, sapient [often in irony], sagacious, reasonable, rational, sound, in one’s right mind, sensible, abnormis sapiens [L.], judicious, strong-minded.
  IMPARTIAL, unprejudiced, unbiased, unbigoted, unprepossessed; undazzled, unperplexed; of unwarped judgment, equitable, fair.
  COOL; cool-, long-, hard-, strong- headed; long-sighted, calculating, thoughtful, reflecting; solid, deep, profound.
  PRUDENT (cautious) [See Caution]; sober, staid, solid; considerate, politic, wise in one’s generation; watchful [See Care]; provident (prepared) [See Preparation]; in advance of one’s age; wise as -a serpent, – Solomon, – Solon, – Nestor, -Mentor.
  oracular; heaven-directed, heaven-born.
  [APPLIED TO ACTIONS] WISE, sensible, reasonable, judicious; well-judged, well-advised; prudent, politic; expedient [See Expedience].
  1. Aut regem aut fatuum nasci oportet.
  2. But with the morning cool reflection came.—Scott
  3. Flosculi sententiarum.
  4. Les affaires font les hommes.
  5. Más vale saber que haber.
  6. Más vale ser necio que porfiado.
  7. Nemo solus sapit.—Plautus
  8. Nosce te.
  9. [Greek].
  10. Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiæ fuit.—Seneca, from Aristotle
  11. Sapere aude.—Horace
  12. Victrix fortunœ sapientia.—Juvenal
  13. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.—Bible
  14. Genius is always sufficiently the enemy of genius by over-influence.—Emerson
  15. I may not deal with wisdom, being a king.—Masefield