noun a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language
- he always spoke in grammatical sentences
noun (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed
condemnation; judgment of conviction; conviction.
- the conviction came as no surprise
noun the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned
prison term; time.
- he served a prison term of 15 months
- his sentence was 5 to 10 years
- he is doing time in the county jail
verb pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law
- He was condemned to ten years in prison
F., from L. sententia
, for sentientia
, from sentire
to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See Sense
, and cf. Sentiensi
- Sense; meaning; significance. Obs.
Tales of best sentence and most solace.
The discourse itself, voluble enough, and full of sentence.
- (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.
- (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.
- A short saying, usually containing moral instruction; a maxim; an axiom; a saw.
- (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.
A king . . . understanding dark sentences.
Dan. vii. 23.
Sen"tence transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Sentenced ; present participle & verbal noun Sentencing
- To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.
Nature herself is sentenced in your doom.
- To decree or announce as a sentence. Obs.
- To utter sentenciously. Obs.
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