tendentious
adjective Date: 1900 marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view ; biasedtendentiously adverbtendentiousness noun

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  • tendentious — [ten den′shəs] adj. [Ger tendenziös < tendenz (< ML tendentia), TENDENCY] characterized by a deliberate tendency or aim; esp., advancing a definite point of view [tendentious writings]: also sp. tendencious tendentiously adv.… …   English World dictionary

  • tendentious — 1900, formed after or from Ger. tendenziös, from tendenz, from M.L. tendentia (see TENDENCY (Cf. tendency)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • tendentious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ calculated to promote a particular cause or point of view. DERIVATIVES tendentiously adverb tendentiousness noun. ORIGIN suggested by German tendenziös …   English terms dictionary

  • tendentious — [[t]tende̱nʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is tendentious expresses a particular opinion or point of view very strongly, especially one that many people disagree with. [FORMAL] His analysis was rooted in a somewhat tendentious reading of… …   English dictionary

  • tendentious — tendentiously, adv. tendentiousness, n. /ten den sheuhs/, adj. having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose: a tendentious novel. Also, tendencious, tendential /ten den sheuhl/. [1895 1900; < ML tendenti(a) TENDENCY + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • tendentious — adjective a) Having a tendency; written or spoken with a partisan, biased or prejudiced purpose. As a supporter of the cause, his reports were tendentious in the extreme. b) Implicitly or explicitly slanted …   Wiktionary

  • tendentious — ten|den|tious [tenˈdenʃəs] adj formal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: tendency] a tendentious speech, remark, book etc expresses a strong opinion that is intended to influence people …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tendentious — adjective a tendentious speech, remark, book etc expresses a strong opinion that is intended to influence people …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tendentious — /tɛnˈdɛnʃəs / (say ten denshuhs) adjective having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose; described or written so as to influence in a desired direction or present a particular point of view: *But this stance was assumed naturally, not… …   Australian English dictionary

  • tendentious — (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective Exhibiting bias: biased, one sided, partial, partisan, prejudiced, prejudicial, prepossessed. See LIKE, STRAIGHT …   English dictionary for students

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