The Merriam-Webster Word of the Day is sagacious. Read on for what it means, how it’s used, and more.
What It Means
// Student reviews paint the writing professor as a sagacious mentor and a compassionate teacher.
SAGACIOUS in Context
“If depression crept in, she would phone her sagacious dad for advice….” — Tom Lanham, Spin, 8 Sept. 2021
Did You Know?
You might expect the root of sagaciousto be sage, which, as an adjective, means “wise” or, as a noun, “a wise person.” Despite similarities of spelling, sound, and sense, the two words are not closely related. Sagacious comes from sagire, a Latin verb meaning “to perceive keenly.” Etymologists believe that sage comes from a different Latin verb, sapere, which means “to taste,” “to have good taste,” or “to be wise.”