Definition of tendentious in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɛnˈdɛnʃəs/


Expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one: a tendentious reading of history
More example sentences
  • The channel is dispensing a view of the world that is tendentious and intellectually idle.
  • This is a tendentious, romanticised version of the history.
  • It is an effort not to understand but to use history to advance a tendentious agenda.



Pronunciation: /tɛnˈdɛnʃəsli/
Example sentences
  • I think the thrust of what they say has been tendentiously distorted.
  • He goes on to tendentiously misconstrue most everything Clark said.
  • She is neither a moralist nor a tendentiously political artist, although her work is informed by an unmistakably feminist sensibility.


Pronunciation: /tɛnˈdɛnʃəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • He criticizes the proletarian literature of his day for its tendentiousness.
  • A brief review of the data is sufficient to demonstrate the tendentiousness of the exercise.
  • We'll be saying more about the tendentiousness involved in these arguments.


Early 20th century: suggested by German tendenziös.

Words that rhyme with tendentious

conscientious, contentious, licentious, pretentious, sententious

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Line breaks: ten¦den|tious

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