- 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 sententiousness
This is perhaps due to the quotability and sententiousness of his couplets.
It allows the sententiousness of the couplet, as well as the more complex modulation of blank verse.The Poetical Works of James Beattie
He remarked with the sententiousness of enforced philosophy, that no wine was better than bad wine.The Short Works of George Meredith
"Between life and death there are so many combinations," drawled the boy, with Tuscan incredulity and sententiousness.
"They all do," he replied, with the sententiousness of gallantry, as though speaking from abysmal depths of knowledge.
- 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 sententiousness
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.