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Monday, September 24, 2012

Definitions for sententious

  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.

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Citations for sententious
For he was a poet and drowned untimely, and his verse, mild as it is and formal and sententious, sends forth still a frail fluty sound like that of a piano organ played in some back street resignedly by an old Italian organ-grinder in a corduroy jacket. Virginia Woolf, "Street Haunting: A London Adventure," Collected Essays
It was inconceivable that she was using the boring, sententious, contentious Shepherd for anything but a hollow threat to him, but this semblance of wrongdoing could now be turned to advantage. Kurt Vonnegut, Player Piano
Origin of sententious
late Middle English
1400-1450
Sententious is related to sententia, the Latin root for the word sentence. The Latin word sententiosus meant "full of meaning, pithy."