sententious

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ADJECTIVE
  1. abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing
    too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation
  2. concise and full of meaning
    the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams
    welcomed her pithy comments
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How To Use sententious In A Sentence

  • His summary of the year 1741 is characteristic of the rather sententious tenor of his musings.
  • choreography that was sobersided and sententious
  • A tremor goes through me when I hear a sententious TV commentator raise the topic, because they always finish up by talking about the ‘anomaly’ that even the most feckless natural parent is allowed to breed.
  • Ask a dancer - or any artist, for that matter - to talk about her/his art, and you invariably get a grandiose mission statement, peppered with sententious remarks about ‘Tradition, Innovation, Vision and Spirit’.
  • The document was sententious and pompous.
  • The character of Seneca thus finds just the right mixture of true compassion and the ranting of an alcoholic and sententious philosopher, whose servile disciples note down everything he says with ridiculous fury.
  • The book's title comes from a sententious line of Henry James's, and the opening preamble announces that multiplicity is going to be an important theme.
  • He questioned me about the fate of the Captain Mironoff, whom he called his chum, and often interrupted me by sententious remarks, which, if they did not prove him to be a man well versed in war, showed his natural intelligence and shrewdness. Marie; a story of Russian love
  • Enjoyably plotted, sometimes dextrously turned, but groaning with moral sententiousness, This Happy Breed is peppered with moments in which characters proclaim the importance of using their own words, of not slipping into jargon, in particular the second-hand vocabulary of 1930s socialism. This Happy Breed; Henry IV, Parts One and Two – review
  • He's a gwineter regelate de wedder," replied Uncle Remus, sententiously. Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings: The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation. By Joel Chandler Harris. With Illustrations by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser
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