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

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin sententiōsus meaningful. See sentence, -ous
Related formssen·ten·tious·ly, adverbsen·ten·tious·ness, sen·ten·ti·os·i·ty [sen-ten-shee-os-i-tee] /sɛnˌtɛn ʃiˈɒs ɪ ti/, nounnon·sen·ten·tious, adjectivenon·sen·ten·tious·ly, adverbnon·sen·ten·tious·ness, nounun·sen·ten·tious, adjectiveun·sen·ten·tious·ly, adverbun·sen·ten·tious·ness, noun

Synonyms for sententious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sententiously

Historical Examples of sententiously

  • "Your tears will not restore your son to you," sententiously observed Olivier.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • "The King, Monsieur, never dies," said Cadoux sententiously.

  • "Whatever his Lordship agrees to," the gardener replied, sententiously.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • "Coffee is better without sugar," said Charles-Norton, sententiously.

  • "Well, take care you don't wait too long," said Hoare, sententiously.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for sententiously



characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
constantly using aphorisms, etc
tending to indulge in pompous moralizing
Derived Formssententiously, adverbsententiousness, noun

Word Origin for sententious

C15: from Latin sententiōsus full of meaning, from sententia; see sentence
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Word Origin and History for sententiously



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.

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