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sententious
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
annoying attempt to sound smart or important

or more rarely (and typically in classic literature):

expressing wisdom or knowledge concisely
  • "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.
    1.3 — Book 1 Chapter 3 — Mr. Riley Gives His Advice Concerning.... (51% in)

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