sententious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sententious concise and full of meaning "welcomed her pithy comments","the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"- Hervey Allen"
    • adj sententious abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing "too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation"- Kathleen Barnes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sententious Abounding with sentences, axioms, and maxims; full of meaning; terse and energetic in expression; pithy; as, a sententious style or discourse; sententious truth. "How he apes his sire,
      Ambitiously sententious !"
    • Sententious Comprising or representing sentences; sentential. "Sententious marks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sententious Full of pithy sentences or sayings; pithy; terse: as, a sententious style or discourse; sententious truth.
    • sententious Given to the use of pithy or axiomatic sayings or sentences.
    • sententious Same as sentential, 2.
    • sententious Synonyms Laconic, pointed, compact.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sententious abounding with sentences or maxims: short and pithy in expression: bombastic, or affected in speech
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sentenciosus,: cf. F. sentencieux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sententiasentīre, to feel.

Usage

In literature:

He was quite conscious that he sometimes laid down the law in an authoritative and even sententious manner.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873." by Various
Jocko," said he, assuming a sententious tone, "I asked you for a plate.
"Willis the Pilot" by Johanna Spyri
He is the village wise man; very sententious; and full of profound remarks on shallow subjects.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
Then it was that the affected sententious brevity came into vogue.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
But there is a truth pertaining to the change of which the sententious people are not, I think, aware.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
They are short, pithy, sententious, telling us plain truths in simple language: he had been writing them through several years.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
The duke seems to mean, when he says he will speak like Brabantio, that he will speak sententiously.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
He was not given to joking: an epigram was not in consonance with his high sententiousness.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
Monkey wagged his head sententiously.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Wilde after hearing him said sententiously to one of his own supporters, 'There is a great future before this young man.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
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In poetry:

Know its spirit, disdaining restriction, sententious,
Its right shall assert to select and adore,
Unlike in all else to that passion licentious,
Which seeks what is sensual, and seeks for no more.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre

In science:

In what follows, we assume a propositional language L generated by a finite set of propositional variables V using the standard sentential connectives ¬, ∧ , ∨ , →, and ↔. A theory is a finite set T ⊆ L, which will be identified with the formula Vφ∈T φ.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Thus the predicate is to be interpreted as a temporal sentential modifier.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
In order to do that we must define the quantum sentential calculus as an absolutely free algebra (section 2).
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
We define a sentential language as an absolutely free algebra.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
The definition of language as a free algebra allows us to treat sentential connectives as algebraic operations.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
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