from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An adage or aphorism.


Latin; see sentence.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • In that case the doctrine is termed sententia de haeresi suspecta, haeresim sapiens; that is, an opinion suspected, or savouring, of heresy (see CENSURES, THEOLOGICAL).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • Come to think of it, it should read "sententia" but you managed to misspell in Latin the word you misspelled in English.

    When Latin Tattoos Go Wrong

  • You've got "sententia" sitting right there as the third word.

    When Latin Tattoos Go Wrong

  • Reading out excerpts from The Girls to my wife, I found that the same aspersion annoyed her much less as a sententia — “When one goes out with a woman, it does not matter whether a thing is good or bad, but only that it should cost a great deal of money” — than as an aside: “We all know how expensive women are.”

    Monster of Marriage

  • Inevitably though, CNN -- particularly American Morning -- chose to wear down and ultimately piss away this asset in favor of an on-air acquisition that fell right in line with the tried-and-true "TV" sententia: Veronica De La Cruz.

    Chez Pazienza: Say What You Will (Requiem for a TV News Career)

  • But while the arguments challenging the Oprah-as-Jesus sententia could fill a studio audience, it's the talk show queen's brand new venture that, ironically, just might highlight the strongest of them.

    Chez Pazienza: Oprah's Big Oprah: You Will Be Inspired... or Else

  • “Military” theory of virtue: almost barbaric (ex mea sententia hgd.).


  • This counsel was embraced, factum est, and it was registered forthwith, Et sic bona sententia mansit, malus auctor mutatus est.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I am of Catullus 'opinion, and make the same apology in mine own behalf; Hoc etiam quod scribo, pendet plerumque ex aliorum sententia et auctoritate; nec ipse forsan insanio, sed insanientes sequor.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Optimum est amicum fidelem nancisci in quem secreta nostra infundamus; nihil aeque oblectat animum, quam ubi sint praeparata pectora, in quae tuto secreta descendant, quorum conscientia aeque ac tua: quorum sermo solitudinem leniat, sententia consilium expediat, hilaritas tristitiam dissipet, conspectusque ipse delectet.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

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