SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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
-ous Related forms sen·ten·tious·ly, adverb sen·ten·tious·ness, sen·ten·ti·os·i·ty , [sen-ten-shee- os-i-tee] /sɛnˌtɛn ʃiˈɒs ɪ ti/ noun non·sen·ten·tious, adjective non·sen·ten·tious·ly, adverb non·sen·ten·tious·ness, noun un·sen·ten·tious, adjective un·sen·ten·tious·ly, adverb un·sen·ten·tious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for sententiously Historical Examples of sententiously
"Your tears will not restore your son to you,"
sententiously observed Olivier.
"The King, Monsieur, never dies," said Cadoux
"Whatever his Lordship agrees to," the gardener replied,
"Coffee is better without sugar," said Charles-Norton,
"Well, take care you don't wait too long," said Hoare,
sententiously. British Dictionary definitions for sententiously adjective characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms constantly using aphorisms, etc tending to indulge in pompous moralizing Derived Forms sententiously, adverb sententiousness, 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 adj.
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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