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Related to sententious: aphoristic
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.]
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]
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]
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|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"