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Something in her heart or her throat prevented Hester from finishing the sentence.

Let me tell you that Dirk Colson would not have repeated that sentence for the world!

She told him her mother had read but the first sentence or two.

And he finished his sentence with a practical illustration of his frame of mind.

This sentence was as humiliating and mortifying as anything that could be put upon him.

He did not finish his sentence, but the pressure of his hand on John's increased.

"Well, but I don't—" The revelation came to me before I could complete the sentence.

And in the end you may yet get let in for a sentence that will surprise you.

When the sentence was read, he attempted to speak, but was silenced.

Nayler was called into the Parliament-house to receive his sentence.


c.1200, "doctrine, authoritative teaching; an authoritative pronouncement," from Old French sentence "judgment, decision; meaning; aphorism, maxim; statement of authority" (12c.) and directly from Latin sententia "thought, way of thinking, opinion; judgment, decision," also "a thought expressed; aphorism, saying," from sentientem, present participle of sentire "be of opinion, feel, perceive" (see sense (n.)). Loss of first -i- in Latin by dissimilation.

From early 14c. as "judgment rendered by God, or by one in authority; a verdict, decision in court;" from late 14c. as "understanding, wisdom; edifying subject matter." From late 14c. as "subject matter or content of a letter, book, speech, etc.," also in reference to a passage in a written work. Sense of "grammatically complete statement" is attested from mid-15c. "Meaning," then "meaning expressed in words." Related: Sentential.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.