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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.
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[senˈtenʃəsnɪs] Nsentenciosidad f, estilo m sentencioso
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n the sententiousness of the lecture/speakerder salbungsvolle Vortrag/Redner; …, he said with great sententiousness…, sagte er salbungsvoll
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Inevitably, unremitting entertainment of that kind tends to pall, and in the second act, occasional slippage into both sententiousness and histrionics, and contrived resolutions, lower the freshness factor.
Critics described The Yellow Jacket as "the curious medley of melodrama, farce, pantomime, and Miracle Play," (102) or as "an exalted and fanciful fairy story, full of paradisiacal impossibilities, light sententiousness, snow-flake sorrows, and marvelous perils." (103) The Circle of Chalk was viewed as "a good melodrama with a happy ending in a Chinese setting." (104) A reviewer for The Sunday Times noted the "unmistakable" similarity of Lady Precious Stream to some of the English "simpler melodramas." (105) Punch offered a parody of the play's Chinese theatrical conventions by applying them to the English crime plays.
Their topics include sententiousness in Roman comedy: a moralizing reading, Plautus undoing himself: what is funny and what is Plautine in Stichus and Trinummus, basket case: material girl and animate object in Plautus' Cistellaria, when reason surrenders its authority: Thyestes' approach to Atreus' palace, Petronian spectacles: the Widow of Ephesus generically revisited, and Seneca's Thyestes: three female translators into English.
Or should the goal of literature be pure sententiousness? Can good ends justify dubious means?
The exercise of writing is a lesson in the art of thinking against the grain of inheritance and illusion, and the discipline of poetry is an experiment in thinking otherwise, in letting the language of alterity unsettle the sententiousness of the sovereignty of selfhood and nationhood.
Addison's ennobling tribute to the most virtuous Roman, Cato--which Macaulay ranked in the company of Racine and Corneille, if not with their very best, and well above the other English tragedies of the period--is virtually unknown even as a closet drama, done in by a sententiousness no longer appreciated.
Still, it's something of a relief to report that the movie isn't quite the vomitous bucket of spiritual saccharine the ads would suggest, and those willing to engage may be pleasantly surprised by some of its understated virtues: a carefully open-minded appeal to skeptics, a wry sense of humor that wards off sententiousness at key moments, and a fine cast of name actors (led by Greg Kinnear) who bring much-needed class and conviction to a thin, tidy little story of what God giveth and taketh away.
(10) If there is something "sententious" about "I've been duped by the experts," that sententiousness would seem to hover somewhere between Kennedy's purported remark and the way in which that remark is flagged, deconstructed, and relayed to readers via Niedecker's poetic incorporation.
However, there is a lot of good advice in the book, 'The best way to make friends is to be friendly yourself' and such exhortations are saved from sententiousness by the exuberance of Asquith's illustrations which populate the pages with children and adults in all shapes and sizes, deftly expressing a wide range of feelings from hilarity to rage.
They also read the same speech in the manner of a newsreader, in the style of an advertisement for fast food, with the raciness of a sports commentator and delivered with the sententiousness of a judge.
(45) Edwards uses moral sentences complexly, in a way that 'makes thinking about "sentences" part of its dramatic experience', (46) and that thus addresses the unchallenged (and sometimes disastrous) sententiousness in a play such as Gorboduc.
A self-confessed bibliophile, this show felt like an autobiography but without any hint of sententiousness or showboating self-satisfaction.