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Definition of SENTENTIOUS

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Sententious \Sen*ten"tious\, a.[L. sentenciosus: cf. F. sentencieux.]
     1. Abounding with sentences, axioms, and maxims; full of meaning; terse and energetic in expression; pithy; as, a sententious style or discourse; sententious truth. [1913 Webster]

              How he apes his sire,
              Ambitiously sententious!              --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     2. Comprising or representing sentences; sentential. [Obs.]
        "Sententious marks." --Grew.
        [1913 Webster] -- {Sen*ten"tious*ly}, adv. -- {Sen*ten"tious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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