Definition of sententious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//senˈtenʃəs//
; NAmE NAmE//senˈtenʃəs//
(formal, disapproving)
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trying to sound important or intelligent, especially by expressing moral judgements sententious remarks Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin sententiosus, from sententia ‘opinion’, from sentire ‘feel, be of the opinion’. The original sense was ‘full of meaning or wisdom’, later becoming depreciatory.
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