Dark sentence, a saving not easily explained.

A king . . . understanding dark sentences.
Dan. vii. 23.

(Sen"tence), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Sentenced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Sentencing ]

1. Of or pertaining to the senses, or sensible objects; addressing the senses; suggesting pictures or images of sense.

To this poetry would be made precedent, as being less subtle and fine, but more simple, sensuous, and passionate.

2. Highly susceptible to influence through the senses.

Sen"su*ous*ly adv.Sen"su*ous*ness, n.

(Sent) v. & n. See Scent, v. & n. [Obs.] Spenser.

(Sent), obs. 3d pers. sing. pres. of Send, for sendeth.

(Sent), imp. & p. p. of Send.

(Sen"tence) n. [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense, n., and cf. Sentiensi.]

1. Sense; meaning; significance. [Obs.]

Tales of best sentence and most solace.

The discourse itself, voluble enough, and full of sentence.

2. (a) An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature.

My sentence is for open war.

That by them [Luther's works] we may pass sentence upon his doctrines.

(b) A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.

3. (Law) In civil and admiralty law, the judgment of a court pronounced in a cause; in criminal and ecclesiastical courts, a judgment passed on a criminal by a court or judge; condemnation pronounced by a judgical tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases.

Received the sentence of the law.

4. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw. Broome.

5. (Gram.) A combination of words which is complete as expressing a thought, and in writing is marked at the close by a period, or full point. See Proposition, 4.

Sentences are simple or compound. A simple sentence consists of one subject and one finite verb; as, "The Lord reigns." A compound sentence contains two or more subjects and finite verbs, as in this verse: -

He fills, he bounds, connects, and equals all.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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