Definitions for sententioussɛnˈtɛn ʃəs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sen•ten•tioussɛnˈtɛn ʃəs(adj.)

  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.

Origin of sententious:

1400–50; < L sententiōsus meaningful


Princeton's WordNet

  1. sententious(adj)

    abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing

    "too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation"- Kathleen Barnes

  2. pithy, sententious(adj)

    concise and full of meaning

    "welcomed her pithy comments"; "the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"- Hervey Allen


  1. sententious(Adjective)

    Full of meaning.

  2. sententious(Adjective)

    Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.

  3. sententious(Adjective)

    Tending to use aphorisms or maxims, especially given to trite moralizing.

  4. Origin: From sententiosus, from sententia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sententious(adj)

    abounding with sentences, axioms, and maxims; full of meaning; terse and energetic in expression; pithy; as, a sententious style or discourse; sententious truth

  2. Sententious(adj)

    comprising or representing sentences; sentential


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