sen|ten´tious|ne


sen|ten´tious|ne
sen|ten|tious «sehn TEHN shuhs», adjective.
1. full of meaning; saying much in few words: »

grave reflections and sententious maxims.

SYNONYM(S): pithy.
2. speaking as if one were a judge settling a question.
3. inclined to make wise sayings; abounding in proverbs: »

a long, sententious letter, full of Latin quotations (Charles Kingsley).

SYNONYM(S): epigrammatic.
[< Latin sententiōsus < sententia; see etym. under sentence (Cf.sentence)]
sen|ten´tious|ly, adverb.
sen|ten´tious|ne, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sen|ten´tious|ly — sen|ten|tious «sehn TEHN shuhs», adjective. 1. full of meaning; saying much in few words: »grave reflections and sententious maxims. SYNONYM(S): pithy. 2. speaking as if one were a judge settling a question. 3. inclined to make wise sayings;… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sen|ten|tious — «sehn TEHN shuhs», adjective. 1. full of meaning; saying much in few words: »grave reflections and sententious maxims. SYNONYM(S): pithy. 2. speaking as if one were a judge settling a question. 3. inclined to make wise sayings; abounding in… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • con|ten´tious|ly — con|ten|tious «kuhn TEHN shuhs», adjective. 1. fond of arguing; given to disputing; quarrelsome: »A contentious person argues and disputes about trifles. SYNONYM(S): disputatious, captious, pugnacious. 2. characterized by contention: »a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • con|ten|tious — «kuhn TEHN shuhs», adjective. 1. fond of arguing; given to disputing; quarrelsome: »A contentious person argues and disputes about trifles. SYNONYM(S): disputatious, captious, pugnacious. 2. characterized by contention: »a contentious campaign,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|ten´tious|ly — pre|ten|tious «prih TEHN shuhs», adjective. 1. making claims to excellence or importance: »a pretentious person, a pretentious book, a pretentious speech. 2. doing things for show or to make a fine appearance; showy; ostentatious: »a pretentious… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre|ten|tious — «prih TEHN shuhs», adjective. 1. making claims to excellence or importance: »a pretentious person, a pretentious book, a pretentious speech. 2. doing things for show or to make a fine appearance; showy; ostentatious: »a pretentious style of… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • con|ten´tious|ness — con|ten|tious «kuhn TEHN shuhs», adjective. 1. fond of arguing; given to disputing; quarrelsome: »A contentious person argues and disputes about trifles. SYNONYM(S): disputatious, captious, pugnacious. 2. characterized by contention: »a… …   Useful english dictionary


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