A proverb is a short, sententious saying, in the nature of a maxim, connoting a definite truth or suggestion by comparison.
Maria spoke in a sort of sententious wisdom which did not satisfy me at all.
He combined the realistic modern method with the bitter, ironical, sententious method of Thackeray.
"You can not always believe what you read," was the sententious rejoinder.
His sententious commonplaces were reported as so many oracular revelations dragged reluctantly from him.
I don't mean to be sententious, but this is the death-grapple that is coming.
"I was never corrupted," said the other, with a sententious gravity whose hypocrisy was palpable.
His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.
Some conversation next succeeded, delivered in brief, sententious remarks, when the old chief again turned to us.
"Grieved to hear it, Mr. Carew," was the grave, sententious reply.
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.