Definition of Sententious

1. Adjective. Abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing. "Too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation"

Similar to: Pretentious



2. Adjective. Concise and full of meaning. "The peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"
Exact synonyms: Pithy
Similar to: Concise
Derivative terms: Pith, Pithiness

Definition of Sententious

1. a. Abounding with sentences, axioms, and maxims; full of meaning; terse and energetic in expression; pithy; as, a sententious style or discourse; sententious truth.

Definition of Sententious

1. Adjective. (obsolete) Full of meaning. ¹

2. Adjective. Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise. ¹

3. Adjective. Tending to use aphorisms or maxims, especially given to trite moralizing. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sententious

1. [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Sententious

sentencers
sentences
sentencewise
sentencing
sentencings
sententia
sententiae
sentential
sentential function
sententiality
sententially
sententiaries
sententiary
sententiosities
sententiosity
sententious (current term)
sententiously
sententiousness
senteries
sentery
sentest
senti
sentics
sentience
sentiences
sentiencies
sentiency
sentient
sentiently

Literary usage of Sententious

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. English Synonymes Explained in Alphabetical Order: With Copious by George Crabb (1826)
"sententious signifies having or abounding in sentences or judgments ; SENTIMENTAL, ... Books and authors are termed sententious ; but travellers, society, ..."

2. Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews by Robert Lowth (1829)
"The poetic style of the Hebrews bears the general title of parabolic — Its constituent principles are the sententious, the figurative, and the sublime — The ..."

3. Outlines of English Literature by William Renton (1893)
"THE sententious AGE (1700—1800). IF this Age, the age of Young and ... The sententious School. In its Verse these characteristics are more obvious ..."

4. Lectures on the Sacred Poetry of the Hebrews by Robert Lowth (1829)
"The poetic style of the Hebrews hears the general title of parabolic — Its constituent principles are the sententious, the figurative, and the sublime — The ..."

5. A Dictionary of the English Language: In which the Words are Deduced from ...by Samuel Johnson by Samuel Johnson (1805)
"Eves are vocal, tears have tongues; And there be words not made with lungs; sententious show'rs! O let them fall! . Their cadence is rhetorical. ..."

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