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Definition of Sentence


  1. Sense; meaning; significance.
  2. An opinion; a decision; a determination; a judgment, especially one of an unfavorable nature.
  3. A philosophical or theological opinion; a dogma; as, Summary of the Sentences; Book of the Sentences.
  4. 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.
  5. A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
  6. 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.
  7. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
  8. To decree or announce as a sentence.
  9. To utter sententiously.

Sentence Quotations

The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property.
Karl Marx

Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish.
John Jakes

Censorship is saying: 'I'm the one who says the last sentence. Whatever you say, the conclusion is mine.' But the internet is like a tree that is growing. The people will always have the last word - even if someone has a very weak, quiet voice. Such power will collapse because of a whisper.
Ai Weiwei

'I am' is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that 'I do' is the longest sentence?
George Carlin

The sensation of writing a book is the sensation of spinning, blinded by love and daring. It is the sensation of a stunt pilot's turning barrel rolls, or an inchworm's blind rearing from a stem in search of a route. At its worst, it feels like alligator wrestling, at the level of the sentence.
Annie Dillard
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Sentence Translations

sentence in Afrikaans is sin
sentence in Dutch is frase, zin, volzin
sentence in Finnish is lause
sentence in Hungarian is mondat
sentence in Italian is punizione, condannare, frase
sentence in Spanish is punicion, frase, condenar
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