Sage vs Guru - What's the difference?

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As a verb sage

is first-person singular indicative present form of .

As a noun guru is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) sage (11th century), from . The noun meaning "man of profound wisdom" is recorded from circa 1300. Originally applied to the Seven Sages of Greece .


  • Wise.
  • * Shakespeare
  • All you sage counsellors, hence!
  • * Milton
  • commanders, who, cloaking their fear under show of sage advice, counselled the general to retreat
  • (obsolete) grave; serious; solemn
  • * Milton
  • [Great bards] in sage and solemn tunes have sung.
    * sagacious


    (en noun)
  • A wise person or spiritual teacher; a man or woman of gravity and wisdom, especially, a teacher venerable for years, and of sound judgment and prudence; a grave or stoic philosopher.
  • * 1748 , (David Hume), Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral , London: Oxford University Press (1973), § 34:
  • We aspire to the magnanimous firmness of the philosophic sage .
    * deep thinker, egghead, intellectual, pundit
    Derived terms
    * sagely * sageness * sage on the stage * Seven Sages

    See also

    * rishi * maharishi

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) sauge, from (etyl) salvia, from , see safe .


  • The plant Salvia officinalis and savory spice produced from it; also planted for ornamental purposes.
  • Synonyms
    * (herb) ramona
    Derived terms
    * sagebush * Sage Derby * sage dog * sage green * sage grouse * sage tea * sage thrasher * wood sage
    See also
    * salvia

    Etymology 3



    (en interjection)
  • (Internet slang)
  • Verb

  • (Internet slang) The act of using the word or option sage in the email field or a checkbox of an imageboard when posting a reply
  • Usage notes

    * This word is specific to imageboards. The original purpose of sage is to not bump a thread if one deems one's own post to be of little value.



    Alternative forms

    * goru * gooroo


    (en noun)
  • A Hindu or Sikh spiritual teacher.
  • * 1817 , William Ward, History, Literature and Religion of the Hindoos , vol II:
  • When the gooroo arrives at the house of a disciple, the whole family prostrate themselves at his feet, and the spiritual guide puts his right foot on the heads of the prostrate family.
  • * 2010 , Wendy Shanker, The Guardian , 10 May 2010:
  • Traditionally, a guru is a spiritual teacher who guides a student on the road to Enlightenment, or finding God.
  • (sometimes, humorous) An influential advisor or mentor.
  • * 2004 , ‘Vintage technology’, Time , 18 Oct 2004:
  • Many oenophiles rely on the ratings and recommendations of wine guru Robert Parker when selecting the perfect bottle.

    Derived terms

    * gurukul * Gurmukhi * guruship * Sadguru