- abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
- given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
- given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.
- of the nature of a maxim; pithy.
Origin of sententious
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Examples from the Web for sententious
His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
"Such do the most ill," Colonel John retorted, with sententious severity.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
"Grieved to hear it, Mr. Carew," was the grave, sententious reply.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
Its short, sententious sentences were altogether to his mind.The Golden Shoemaker
J. W. Keyworth
"That's lucky," was the sententious comment of the old doctor.Three People
- characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
- constantly using aphorisms, etc
- tending to indulge in pompous moralizing
Word Origin and History for sententious
mid-15c., "full of meaning," from Middle French sententieux, from Latin sententiosus "full of meaning, pithy," from sententia "thought; expression of a thought" (see sentence (n.)). Meaning "addicted to pompous moralizing" first recorded 1590s. Related: Sententiously; sententiousness.