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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Definitions for sententious

  1. abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
  2. given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
  3. given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.

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Citations for sententious
Lost amid the 10,000 words of the Presidential message, neglected alike by writers of news leads and editorials, is the most sapient and sententious utterance of Calvin Coolidge. "Water is the irreplaceable natural resource," he solemnly informs the Congress. "Its precipitations cannot be increased." Bay Stater, "Incontrovertible: To the Editor of The New York Times," New York Times, December 8, 1926
The language is cold and sententious to a degree, stuffed with political maxims conveyed in speeches of insufferable length and dreariness. A. W. Verity, The Influence of Christopher Marlowe on Shakespeare's Earlier Style, 1886
Origin of sententious
late Middle English
1400-1450
Sententious came to English from late Middle English. It ultimately derives from the Latin adjective sententiōsus “meaningful.” Sententious entered English in the 1400s.