[ sen-ten-shuhs-lee ]

  1. in the manner of a pithy saying or aphorism:“A camel is the only wealth that carries itself,” observed Digby sententiously.

  2. in a way that is self-righteous or excessively moralizing:The novel is not sententiously written, but its lessons are clear and well taken.

Origin of sententiously


Other words from sententiously

  • non·sen·ten·tious·ly, adverb
  • un·sen·ten·tious·ly, adverb

Words Nearby sententiously Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use sententiously in a sentence

  • He thought there would be a great fight between the combatants; his dad hadn't finished yet, he declared, sententiously.

    A Hoosier Chronicle | Meredith Nicholson
  • Girls ant what they used to be in my day, sententiously remarked an elderly lady.

    The Minister's Wooing | Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • "Time hangs heavily when there is nothing to do," sententiously remarked Mataseis.

    The Flying Horseman | Gustave Aimard
  • "People always gain by talking with a man like your Excellency," sententiously replied Mataseis.

    The Flying Horseman | Gustave Aimard
  • "It's the first duty of a citizen to obey the laws of his country," he proclaimed sententiously.