V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. tending to use too many maxims; 2. given to moralizing; 3. concise, but full of meaning
Synonyms: pompous, showy, pretentious, bombastic, preachy, pithy, concise, succinct, meaningful, expressive
Antonyms: meaningless, verbose
Tips: Sententious can be either a critique or a compliment. When used as a critique, it usually refers to someone who is pretentious in their use of maxims and wise sayings, or to describe someone who is overly dogmatic. As a compliment, sententious is used to describe someone who is clear and to the point. Sententious is used more often as a critique.
Angela’s boss welcomed her sententious comments, which were succinct and to the point. (meaningful, pithy)
He makes all those sententious remarks and uses cliched maxims just to appear clever and important. (pompous, showy, pretentious)
He thought his speech would come off as intellectual and profound, but I found it to be sententious and pompous. (showy, pretentious)
He is always trying to use some old maxim or wise saying to make his point. Sometimes it's effective, other times he comes off as sententious. (showy, pretentious)
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