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sententious

[sen-ten-shuhs]
adjective
  1. abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
  2. given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
  3. given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.
  4. of the nature of a maxim; pithy.
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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

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sententious

adjective
  1. characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
  2. constantly using aphorisms, etc
  3. tending to indulge in pompous moralizing
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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 sententiousness

sententious

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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