ten·​den·​tious | \ ten-ˈden(t)-shəs How to pronounce tendentious (audio) \

Definition of tendentious

: marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view : biased

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Other Words from tendentious

tendentiously adverb
tendentiousness noun

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Tendentious is one of several words English speakers can choose when they want to suggest that someone has made up his or her mind in advance. You may be partial to predisposed or prone to favor partisan, but whatever your leanings, we're inclined to think you'll benefit from adding tendentious to your repertoire. A derivative of the Medieval Latin word tendentia, meaning "tendency," plus the English suffix -ious, tendentious has been used in English as an adjective for biased attitudes since at least 1900.

Examples of tendentious in a Sentence

He made some extremely tendentious remarks.

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Though his tendentious tenure has been marked by Twitter rages, staff turnover and the dark cloud of the Russia investigation, the Supreme Court has offered a chance for slam-dunk political victories. Joel Achenbach, chicagotribune.com, "A look at the list helping Trump reshape the Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 This week in Washington, the ugly doggerel of the present was voiced in angry and tendentious tweets from the White House. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Trump’s hard-line view of immigration draws parallels to the 1930s," 25 June 2018 That’s what those carefully guided Holy Land Trust and other tendentious tours do. WSJ, "Younger Evangelicals on Israel and Palestine," 11 June 2018 The Duplass brothers’ new series represents a huge advance over those previous, thoroughly tendentious treatments, in two major ways. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination," 27 Mar. 2018 The other findings listed above are tendentious or misleading at best. John Fonte, National Review, "Freedom House Turns Partisan," 15 Feb. 2018 And lowering the top rate took political courage amid tendentious attacks from left and right. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Tax Reform for Growth," 15 Dec. 2017 Reporters tried mightily to coax Ms. Yellen to declare at her post-FOMC presser that the tax cut is dangerous demand-side stimulus amid full employment, including a comically tendentious question from the CNN reporter. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Yellen’s Fed Farewell," 13 Dec. 2017 Seen as the disruptive front-runner in the race, Moore's tendentious past has received a bevy of attention lately. Kaitlan Collins, CNN, "The story behind Trump's once-wavering Luther Strange endorsement," 21 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of tendentious

1874, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tendentious

formal + disapproving : strongly favoring a particular point of view in a way that may cause argument : expressing a strong opinion

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