Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a sententious manner; in short, expressive periods; with striking brevity.

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  • adverb In a sententious manner, concisely, pithily.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adverb in a pithy sententious manner

Etymologies

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sententious +‎ -ly

Examples

  • Fraser rolled out the phrase sententiously, not quite able to hide his delight at the opportunity.

    Modesty Blaise

  • "A dollar means more grub," he remarked sententiously.

    THE APOSTATE: written by Jack London

  • "A dollar means more grub," he remarked sententiously.

    THE APOSTATE

  • "It all comes to dust," Raoul remarked sententiously, sitting down.

    THE DEVILS OF FUATINO

  • "You said it," Old Tarwater remarked sententiously, tossing the single-tree aside and starting to struggle into his coat.

    LIKE ARGUS OF THE ANCIENT TIMES

  • In times of the most solemn emotion, Hawaiians slipped into Pidgin English, gabbling sententiously, and though they found this lingo more neighborly -- more tragic for its realism -- it just made me smile and say, Oh, cut it out.

    Beard

  • “The truth is always best,” he answered sententiously with a wicked gleam in his dark brown eyes.

    Primal Instincts

  • "Flowers turn to the light!" droned Ismail's voice above sententiously, and turning, he thought he could see red eyes peering over the rock.

    In The Time Of Light

  • Hood and somehow not places like Sidwell, Dalton, St Albans, Crossroads High, etc., then exactly the same set of Elite Narrative Commentators will sententiously ask why government and officialdom ignored all the warning signs.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Reading While Traveling, Hard Copy and No Internet

  • For instance, I like the weird-tales fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, I really do, but recognize that many intelligent people find him unreadable — sententiously overwrought and cheesy, a purveyor of altogether too much eldritch ichor.

    A Family Worth Knowing

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