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sententious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj sententious concise and full of meaning "welcomed her pithy comments","the peculiarly sardonic and sententious style in which Don Luis composed his epigrams"- Hervey Allen"
    • adj sententious abounding in or given to pompous or aphoristic moralizing "too often the significant episode deteriorates into sententious conversation"- Kathleen Barnes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sententious Abounding with sentences, axioms, and maxims; full of meaning; terse and energetic in expression; pithy; as, a sententious style or discourse; sententious truth. "How he apes his sire,
      Ambitiously sententious !"
    • Sententious Comprising or representing sentences; sentential. "Sententious marks."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • sententious Full of pithy sentences or sayings; pithy; terse: as, a sententious style or discourse; sententious truth.
    • sententious Given to the use of pithy or axiomatic sayings or sentences.
    • sententious Same as sentential, 2.
    • sententious Synonyms Laconic, pointed, compact.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Sententious abounding with sentences or maxims: short and pithy in expression: bombastic, or affected in speech
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. sentenciosus,: cf. F. sentencieux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sententiasentīre, to feel.

Usage

In literature:

He was quite conscious that he sometimes laid down the law in an authoritative and even sententious manner.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XII. No. 31. October, 1873." by Various
Jocko," said he, assuming a sententious tone, "I asked you for a plate.
"Willis the Pilot" by Johanna Spyri
He is the village wise man; very sententious; and full of profound remarks on shallow subjects.
"Bracebridge Hall" by Washington Irving
Then it was that the affected sententious brevity came into vogue.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
But there is a truth pertaining to the change of which the sententious people are not, I think, aware.
"Prose Fancies" by Richard Le Gallienne
They are short, pithy, sententious, telling us plain truths in simple language: he had been writing them through several years.
"English Literature, Considered as an Interpreter of English History" by Henry Coppee
The duke seems to mean, when he says he will speak like Brabantio, that he will speak sententiously.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
He was not given to joking: an epigram was not in consonance with his high sententiousness.
"Macleod of Dare" by William Black
Monkey wagged his head sententiously.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Wilde after hearing him said sententiously to one of his own supporters, 'There is a great future before this young man.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
A physician, he adds sententiously, is not to be deceived.
"Devil-Worship in France" by Arthur Edward Waite
I don't mean to be sententious, but this is the death-grapple that is coming.
"Before the Dawn" by Joseph Alexander Altsheler
And now these tidings from a far land, regular, if brief and sententious, up to this time, were suddenly withheld.
"Nevermore" by Rolf Boldrewood
Writing," said Charles sententiously, "is a dreadful taskmaster.
"Angela's Business" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
And whatever else you're sententious about don't be sententious about women.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
And the sententious governess, did she still wear those yellow locks?
"Hammer and Anvil" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Some conversation next succeeded, delivered in brief, sententious remarks, when the old chief again turned to us.
"The Chainbearer" by J. Fenimore Cooper
First comes the prologue, setting forth in a few sententious passages the cardinal idea of the piece.
"The Cradle of the Christ" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
He replied to his friend Crowder sententiously.
"Felix Holt, The Radical" by George Eliot
The men were solemn, sententious and pretentious; the women stiff, affected and painted.
"Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)" by Charles Paul de Kock
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In poetry:

Know its spirit, disdaining restriction, sententious,
Its right shall assert to select and adore,
Unlike in all else to that passion licentious,
Which seeks what is sensual, and seeks for no more.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre

In science:

In what follows, we assume a propositional language L generated by a finite set of propositional variables V using the standard sentential connectives ¬, ∧, ∨, →, and ↔. A theory is a finite set T ⊆ L, which will be identified with the formula Vφ∈T φ.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Thus the predicate is to be interpreted as a temporal sentential modifier.
Interfacing Constraint-Based Grammars and Generation Algorithms
In order to do that we must define the quantum sentential calculus as an absolutely free algebra (section 2).
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
We define a sentential language as an absolutely free algebra.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
The definition of language as a free algebra allows us to treat sentential connectives as algebraic operations.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
Substitutions in the sentential language are defined as functions from a set of sentential variables into the set of formulae.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
In our investigation, we employ the general method of constructing the models of sentential calculus.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
This set can be regarded as a set of semantical correlates of sentential variables (or alternatively as a set of algebraic correlates of sentential variables) [14, 15].
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
The symbol V ar(X ) means all free sentential variables of the set of formulae X .
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
Lo´s, J., Suszko, R., 1958, ”Remarks on sentential logics”, Indag.
Model-Theoretic Investigations into Consequence Operation (Cn) in Quantum Logics. An Algebraic Approach
Note: This definition is somewhat similar to the definition given by Los and Suszko for general consequence operators on an organized sentential language.
General Logic-Systems and Consequence Operators
If a set of sentential conditions (i.e., conditions without free variables) is approximately finitely satisfied in a family of structures, then it is satisfied in some ultra-product of these structures.
Continuous first order logic for unbounded metric structures
As usual, a theory is a set of sentential conditions.
Continuous first order logic for unbounded metric structures
Some theorems about the sentential calculi of lewis and heyting.
Simple Type Theory as Framework for Combining Logics
For a string w ∈ L, let rankG (w) denote the maximum number of nonterminals in any sentential form arising in the (unique) leftmost derivation generating w.
Streaming algorithms for language recognition problems
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