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Too often, she answers a tough question with a sententious banality.
  using many aphorisms

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excessive and pompous or aphoristic moralizing

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concise and full of meaning
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  • Too often, she answers a tough question with a sententious banality.
  • She has grown a bit sententious in old age.
  • He was sententious and didactic that night.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Little Dorrit
  • The pilot turned out to be a good-natured specimen of his kind, condescending, sententious.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance

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  • Algernon.  Then your wife will.  You don’t seem to realise, that in married life three is company and two is none.

    Jack.  [Sententiously.]  That, my dear young friend, is the theory that the corrupt French Drama has been propounding for the last fifty years.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • "I’d say that’s less an irony, Sophie, than the way of the world," I concluded a little sententiously but with seriousness, feeling the need to relieve my bladder.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • ’Thoughtcrime is a dreadful thing, old man,’ he said sententiously.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • His language has the richness and sententious fullness of the Chinese.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • R is for the dog: no; I know it begins with some other letter:—and she hath the prettiest sententious of it, of you and rosemary, that it would do you good to hear it.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • ’There are many things to be considered before that question can be answered properly,’ I said, sententiously.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights

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  • "We must use, and not abuse," said Aramis, sententiously.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "All men are physico-chemically equal," said Henry sententiously.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • "There was many a good man went to the penny-a-week school with a sod of turf under his oxter," said Mr. Kernan sententiously.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • "Except them, there’s everything to be found, my boy," the elder declared sententiously.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • Well, she says we ought to because they have to live very dull, stupid lives compared with think-picture people,’ Petra said, somewhat sententiously.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • In the height of the uproar and laughter, Sam, however, preserved an immovable gravity, only from time to time rolling his eyes up, and giving his auditors divers inexpressibly droll glances, without departing from the sententious elevation of his oratory.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • ’I am not such a fool as I look, quoth Plato to his disciples,’ he said sententiously, emptied his glass with great resolution, and we rose.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Heart of Darkness
  • By my faith, he is very swift and sententious.
    William Shakespeare  --  As You Like It
  • Colonel Cathcart clucked sententiously, shocked by the suggestion.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The Comte de Lamothe, who, in 1815, was an old man seventy-five years of age, had nothing remarkable about him except his silent and sententious air, his cold and angular face, his perfectly polished manners, his coat buttoned up to his cravat, and his long legs always crossed in long, flabby trousers of the hue of burnt sienna.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Very well said, Tess!" observed her father sententiously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "A drop of brandy would be nice now," he observed sententiously, but Ivan made no response.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • VLADIMIR: (sententious).
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • "We must study resignation," said Mrs. Penniman, hesitating, but sententious at a venture.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Chang added, a little sententiously: "It has always been her way to spare her lovers the moment of satiety that goes with all absolute attainment."
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • …for, the Genius of Youthful Love being in want of assistance,—on account of the parental brutality of an ignorant farmer who opposed the choice of his daughter’s heart, by purposely falling upon the object, in a flour-sack, out of the first-floor window,—summoned a sententious Enchanter; and he, coming up from the antipodes rather unsteadily, after an apparently violent journey, proved to be Mr. Wopsle in a high-crowned hat, with a necromantic work in one volume under his arm.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • A parable of the soul, as his Latin teacher had pointed out so sententiously, Amina being a crude anagram for anima.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • "He’s an Oxford man," said Mr. Riley, sententiously, shutting his mouth close, and looking at Mr. Tulliver to observe the effect of this stimulating information.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • When Deerslayer ended, the Delaware took up the narrative, in turn, speaking sententiously and with grave dignity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • "I guess they’re worth more to you than to me, Miss, but the poor has got to live as well as the rich," she observed sententiously.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • "This hotel’s better’n the one in Omaha, Pa," added the wife sententiously.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • ’After a blow,’ said a Spiti man sententiously, ’it is best to sleep.’
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • ROCKY—(sententiously) Yeah.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • ’The quickness of the hand deceives the eye,’ said Poirot sententiously-and caught the sudden change in the Colonel’s expression.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • …coming over the calm sea, or subtler relation to the afterguardsman there is no telling, the old Merlin gave a twisting wrench with his black teeth at his plug of tobacco, vouchsafing no reply to Billy’s impetuous question, tho’ now repeated, for it was his wont to relapse into grim silence when interrogated in skeptical sort as to any of his sententious oracles, not always very clear ones, rather partaking of that obscurity which invests most Delphic deliverances from any quarter.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He was sententious and didactic that night.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • Presently he gave forth the result of his reflections in a sententious tone.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • "Too much smoke—too much cunning," said Arrowhead sententiously.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • "Esther sleepeth!" the Doctor sententiously replied.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • "A man is judged by his appearance to-day," said Ben sententiously.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • "Of grub," he concluded sententiously.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • "Three days afterwards he was in his grave," said Mrs. Bread, sententiously.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • In the haughty Roman idea, the sententious announcement was thought sufficient for the purpose—and it was.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "The ev-en-ing-star," he said in English, slowly and somewhat sententiously, then relapsed into Spanish.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Then once more, ten days later, after some passage of arms with one of her daughters, she had remarked sententiously.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • "It’s the simplest thing in the world to have an affair with a woman, he remarked sententiously, "but it’s a devil of a nuisance to get out of it.’
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • To this question the German replied, very sententiously, in the affirmative; and, after a few words had passed between the husband of the fiery-faced hostess and the Judge, the sleigh moved on.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • I praise God for you, sir: your reasons at dinner have been sharp and sententious; pleasant without scurrility, witty without affection, audacious without impudency, learned without opinion, and strange without heresy.
    William Shakespeare  --  Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • He fled to Gottlieb as to the wise and tender father, and begged to be saved from Success and Holabirds and A. DeWitt Tubbses and their hordes of address-making scientists, degree-hunting authors, pulpit orators, popular surgeons, valeted journalists, sentimental merchant princes, literary politicians, titled sportsmen, statesmenlike generals, interviewed senators, sententious bishops.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • Mr. Ludsbury emitted a single chuckle from deep in his throat, then his face turned brick red momentarily and he assumed his customary sententiousness.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
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