- 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
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Examples from the Web for sententiously
"Your tears will not restore your son to you," sententiously observed Olivier.Therese Raquin
"The King, Monsieur, never dies," said Cadoux sententiously.The Trampling of the Lilies
"Whatever his Lordship agrees to," the gardener replied, sententiously.The Market-Place
"Coffee is better without sugar," said Charles-Norton, sententiously.The Trimming of Goosie
"Well, take care you don't wait too long," said Hoare, sententiously.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
- characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
- constantly using aphorisms, etc
- tending to indulge in pompous moralizing
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.