Word of the Day – Sententious

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Sententious (adj)

sen-ten-shus

Given to moralising in a pompous or affected manner.

Late Middle English: from Latin sententiosus, from sententia ‘opinion’ (see sentence). The original sense was ‘full of meaning or wisdom’, later becoming depreciatory.

Example sentences

“He’s a sententious old man and I’m not listening any more!”

Word of the Day – Senectitude

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Senectitude (noun)

sen-ek-ti-tood

The last stage of life; old age.

Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning “old age,” which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning “old man.” Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

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