Sententious meaning

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Expressing much in few words; short and pithy; pointed.
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Full of, or fond of using, maxims, proverbs, etc., esp. in a way that is ponderously trite and moralizing.
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The definition of sententious is language that is short on words, and contains a lot of moralizing.

An example of sententious is someone saying "been there, done that" about the concept of enlightenment.

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Terse and energetic in expression; pithy.
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Full of or given to using aphorisms, especially in a pompously moralizing manner.
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Using as few words as possible; pithy and concise.
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Tending to use aphorisms or maxims, especially given to trite moralizing.
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Origin of sententious

  • Middle English from Old French sententieux from Latin sententiōsus full of meaning from sententia opinion sentence
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin sententiōsus, from sententia (“opinion, purpose").
    From Wiktionary