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Friday, October 25, 2002

Definitions for tendentious

  1. Marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.

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Citations for tendentious
Most writing about Wagner has been like political pamphleteering--tendentious, one-sided and full of revisionist zeal. Erich Leinsdorf, New York Times
Since I believe all novels are political, I certainly believe that it is possible for a novelist to admix deliberate political purpose and aesthetics, although there is certainly the danger, in the process, of making art that is tendentious . . . and therefore not terribly artistically interesting. Rick Moody, Los Angeles Times
Origin of tendentious
1895-1900
Tendentious comes from Medieval Latin tendentia, from Latin tendens, tendent-, present participle of tendere, "to stretch, to direct one's course to, to be inclined." It is related to tendency.