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SAGA'CIOUS, a. [L. sagax, from sagus, wise, foreseeing; saga, a wise woman; sagio, to perceive readily. The latter signifies wise, prudent, sage, and an essay, which unites this word with seek, and L. sequor.]

1. Quick of scent; as a sagacious hound; strictly perhaps, following by the scent, which sense is connected with L. sequor; with of; as sagacious of his quarry.

2. Quick of thought; acute in discernment or penetration; as a sagacious head; a sagacious mind.

I would give more for the criticisms of one sagacious enemy, than for those of a score of admirers.



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SAGA'CIOUS, a. [L. sagax, from sagus, wise, foreseeing; saga, a wise woman; sagio, to perceive readily. The latter signifies wise, prudent, sage, and an essay, which unites this word with seek, and L. sequor.]

1. Quick of scent; as a sagacious hound; strictly perhaps, following by the scent, which sense is connected with L. sequor; with of; as sagacious of his quarry.

2. Quick of thought; acute in discernment or penetration; as a sagacious head; a sagacious mind.

I would give more for the criticisms of one sagacious enemy, than for those of a score of admirers.

SA-GA'CIOUS, a. [L. sagax, from sagus, wise, foreseeing; saga, a wise woman; sagio, to perceive readily; Fr. sage, sagesse; Sp. saga, sagaz; It. saggio. The latter signifies wise, prudent, sage, and an essay, which unites this word with seek, and L. sequor.]

  1. Quick of scent; as, a sagacious hound; strictly perhaps, following by the scent, which sense is connected with L. sequor; with of; as, sagacious of his quarry. – Milton.
  2. Quick of thought; acute in discernment or penetration; as a sagacious head; a sagacious mind. – Locke. I would give more for the criticisms of one sagacious enemy, than for those of a score of admirers. – H. Humphrey

Sa*ga"cious
  1. Of quick sense perceptions; keen-scented; skilled in following a trail.

    Sagacious of his quarry from so far. Milton.

  2. Hence, of quick intellectual perceptions; of keen penetration and judgment; discerning and judicious; knowing; far-sighted; shrewd; sage; wise; as, a sagacious man; a sagacious remark.

    Instinct . . . makes them, many times, sagacious above our apprehension. Dr. H. More.

    Only sagacious heads light on these observations, and reduce them into general propositions. Locke.

    Syn. -- See Shrewd.

    -- Sa*ga"cious*ly, adv. -- Sa*ga"cious*ness, n.

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Sagacious

SAGA'CIOUS, adjective [Latin sagax, from sagus, wise, foreseeing; saga, a wise woman; sagio, to perceive readily. The latter signifies wise, prudent, sage, and an essay, which unites this word with seek, and Latin sequor.]

1. Quick of scent; as a sagacious hound; strictly perhaps, following by the scent, which sense is connected with Latin sequor; with of; as sagacious of his quarry.

2. Quick of thought; acute in discernment or penetration; as a sagacious head; a sagacious mind.

I would give more for the criticisms of one sagacious enemy, than for those of a score of admirers.

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