a piece of writing, especially a poem, composed wholly of quotations from the works of other authors.
anything composed of incongruous parts; conglomeration.
Obsolete. a patchwork.
- cen·ton·i·cal [sen-ton-i-kuhl], /sɛnˈtɒn ɪ kəl/, adjective
- cen·to·nism [sen-tn-iz-uhm], /ˈsɛn tnˌɪz əm/, cen·to·ni·za·tion [sen-tn-uh-zey-shuhn], /ˌsɛn tn əˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
Other definitions for CENTO (2 of 2)
a former organization (1959–79) for economic and military cooperation, established as successor to the Baghdad Pact, and comprising Great Britain, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. The U.S. had affiliate status.
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How to use cento in a sentence
The old themes and verses aimed at producing decorous centos culled from the works of classical rhetoricians and poets.Cambridge Essays on Education | Various
Some are made up of stanzas from several different predecessors, others are almost centos of stock phrases.Robert Burns | William Allan Neilson
But he has fallen into the error of all selectors of centos,—an abuse of good things.The Works of Honor de Balzac | Honor de Balzac
Fine writing is with him all verbiage and monotony—a translation into classical centos or hexameter lines.Hazlitt on English Literature | Jacob Zeitlin
He is a writer of centos, and yet in originality scarcely inferior to Homer.Hazlitt on English Literature | Jacob Zeitlin
British Dictionary definitions for cento (1 of 2)
a piece of writing, esp a poem, composed of quotations from other authors
British Dictionary definitions for CENTO (2 of 2)
Central Treaty Organization; an organization for military and economic cooperation formed in 1959 by the UK, Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey as a successor to the Baghdad Pact: disbanded 1979
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