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1. Terse and energetic in expression; pithy.
2. Full of or given to using aphorisms, especially in a pompously moralizing manner.

[Middle English, from Old French sententieux, from Latin sententiōsus, full of meaning, from sententia, opinion; see sentence.]

sen·ten′tious·ly adv.
sen·ten′tious·ness n.


1. characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
2. constantly using aphorisms, etc
3. tending to indulge in pompous moralizing
[C15: from Latin sententiōsus full of meaning, from sententia; see sentence]
senˈtentiously adv
senˈtentiousness n


(sɛnˈtɛn ʃəs)

1. given to or abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims.
2. given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
3. of the nature of a maxim; pithy.
[1400–50; < Latin sententiōsus meaningful]
sen•ten′tious•ly, adv.
sen•ten′tious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.sententious - abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing; "too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation"- Kathleen Barnes
pretentious - making claim to or creating an appearance of (often undeserved) importance or distinction; "a pretentious country house"; "a pretentious fraud"; "a pretentious scholarly edition"
2.sententious - concise and full of meaning; "welcomed her pithy comments"; "the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"- Hervey Allen
concise - expressing much in few words; "a concise explanation"


[senˈtenʃəs] ADJsentencioso


adj, sententiously


[sɛnˈtɛnʃəs] adj (frm) → sentenzioso/a
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His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.
"One of these authors," says another writer, "(the fellow that was pilloried, I have forgotten his name), is indeed so grave, sententious, dogmatical a rogue that there is no enduring him."*
But he presently presented himself under worthier circumstances; for, the Genius of Youthful Love being in want of assistance - on account of the parental brutality of an ignorant farmer who opposed the choice of his daughter's heart, by purposely falling upon the object, in a flour sack, out of the firstfloor window - summoned a sententious Enchanter; and he, coming up from the antipodes rather unsteadily, after an apparently violent journey, proved to be Mr.
He felt the deer, however, lightly, his hand already trembling with the reaction of his unusual exertions, and smiled with a nod of approbation, as he said, in the emphatic and sententious manner of his people:
Gryphus, growing more and more exasperated by the calm and sententious tone of Cornelius, brandished his cudgel, but at the moment when he raised it Cornelius rushed at him, snatched it from his hands, and put it under his own arm.
Millward was mighty in important dogmas and sententious jokes, pompous anecdotes and oracular discourses, dealt out for the edification of the whole assembly in general, and of the admiring Mrs.
There," exclaimed Obed, when he had ended this sententious but comprehensive description, "there is an animal, which will be likely to dispute with the lion his title to be called the king of the beasts!"
Thence what the lofty grave Tragedians taught In chorus or iambic, teachers best Of moral prudence, with delight received In brief sententious precepts, while they treat Of fate, and chance, and change in human life, High actions and high passions best describing.
In the height of the uproar and laughter, Sam, however, preserved an immovable gravity, only from time to time rolling his eyes up, and giving his auditors divers inexpressibly droll glances, without departing from the sententious elevation of his oratory.
'Always useful, soap,' said Arthur, politely sententious.
The pilot turned out to be a good-natured specimen of his kind, condescending, sententious. He had been down to his meals in the main cabin, and had something to impart.
Rin's actual magical skills seem limited: he's more likely to launch into mansplaining or sententious suppositions than to produce functional enchantment.