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.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin sententiōsus meaningful. See sentence, -ous

sententiously, adverb
sententiousness, sententiosity [sen-ten-shee-os-i-tee] , noun
nonsententious, adjective
nonsententiously, adverb
nonsententiousness, noun
unsententious, adjective
unsententiously, adverb
unsententiousness, noun


2. preachy, didactic, sanctimonious, moralistic.
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sententious (sɛnˈtɛnʃəs)
 
adj
1.  characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
2.  constantly using aphorisms, etc
3.  tending to indulge in pompous moralizing
 
[C15: from Latin sententiōsus full of meaning, from sententia; see sentence]
 
sen'tentiously
 
adv
 
sen'tentiousness
 
n

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sententious
1440, "full of meaning," from M.Fr. sententieux, from L. sententiosus "full of meaning, pithy," from sententia "opinion, maxim" (see sentence). Meaning "addicted to pompous moralizing" first recorded 1598.
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Example sentences
When he is not delivering sententious commonplaces or indulging in heavy whimsy, he makes an agreeable guide.
They succeeded, becoming prosperous, and piety mingled with smugness made the whole family insufferably sententious.
To be really bad, a film should be pretentious and sententious.
It even, on occasion, goes so far as to parody the movies in their more sententious moments.
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