sententious


sen·ten·tious

adjective \sen-ˈten(t)-shəs\

: having or expessing strong opinions about what people should and should not do

Full Definition of SENTENTIOUS

1
a :  given to or abounding in aphoristic expression
b :  given to or abounding in excessive moralizing
2
:  terse, aphoristic, or moralistic in expression :  pithy, epigrammatic
sen·ten·tious·ly adverb
sen·ten·tious·ness noun

Examples of SENTENTIOUS

  1. a smug and sententious writer
  2. <a sententious crank who has written countless letters to the editor about the decline in family values>

Origin of SENTENTIOUS

Middle English, full of meaning, from Latin sententiosus, from sententia sentence, maxim
First Known Use: 1509

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