When Jeanine wants her boyfriend to do something scary, she persuades him with the sententious phrase, "You only live once!".
An example of sententious is someone saying "been there, done that" about the concept of enlightenment.
- expressing much in few words; short and pithy; pointed
- full of, or fond of using, maxims, proverbs, etc., esp. in a way that is ponderously trite and moralizing
Origin of sententiousClassical Latin sententiosus from sententia: see sentence
- Terse and energetic in expression; pithy.
- Full of or given to using aphorisms, especially in a pompously moralizing manner.
Origin of sententiousMiddle English from Old French sententieux from Latin sententiōsus full of meaning from sententia opinion ; see sentence .
(comparative more sententious, superlative most sententious)