sadder but wiser



sadder but wiser

Cliché unhappy but knowledgeable [about someone or something--after an unpleasant event]. After the accident, I was sadder but wiser, and would never make the same mistake again. We left the meeting sadder but wiser, knowing that we could not ever come to an agreement with Becky's aunt.
See also: but, sad, wiser

sadder but wiser

if someone is sadder but wiser after a bad experience, they have suffered but they have also learned something from it He bought a second-hand car and ended up sadder but wiser after a series of breakdowns and expensive repairs.
See also: but, sad, wiser

sadder but wiser

Unhappy but having learned from one's mistakes, as in Sadder but wiser, she's never going near poison ivy again. The pairing of these two adjectives was first recorded in Samuel Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798).
See also: but, sad, wiser

Common Names:

NameGenderPronouncedUsage
Karesindakah-re-SEEN-dahEsperanto
Almas-Arabic
Jayanti-Hinduism, Indian, Hindi
GÉRald-French
JustynYUWS-tinPolish
KlemensKLE-mens (German, Polish)German, Danish, Swedish, Polish