A proverb is a short, sententious saying, in the nature of a maxim, connoting a definite truth or suggestion by comparison.
His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.
He combined the realistic modern method with the bitter, ironical, sententious method of Thackeray.
"Grieved to hear it, Mr. Carew," was the grave, sententious reply.
His sententious commonplaces were reported as so many oracular revelations dragged reluctantly from him.
"Such do the most ill," Colonel John retorted, with sententious severity.
"I was never corrupted," said the other, with a sententious gravity whose hypocrisy was palpable.
Its short, sententious sentences were altogether to his mind.
Some conversation next succeeded, delivered in brief, sententious remarks, when the old chief again turned to us.
Maria spoke in a sort of sententious wisdom which did not satisfy me at all.
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.