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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sentence \Sen"tence\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Sentenced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sentencing}.]

1. To pass or pronounce judgment upon; to doom; to condemn to punishment; to prescribe the punishment of.

Nature herself is sentenced in your doom. --Dryden.

2. To decree or announce as a sentence. [Obs.] --Shak.

3. To utter sententiously. [Obs.] --Feltham.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sentence \Sen"tence\, noun [F., from L. sententia, for sentientia, from sentire to discern by the senses and the mind, to feel, to think. See {Sense}, noun, and cf. {Sentiensi}.]

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

Tales of best sentence and most solace. --Chaucer.

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

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

My sentence is for open war. --Milton.

That by them [Luther's works] we may pass sentence upon his doctrines. --Atterbury. (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 judicial tribunal; doom. In common law, the term is exclusively used to denote the judgment in criminal cases.

Received the sentence of the law. --Shak.

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.

Note: 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. --Pope.

{Dark sentence}, a saying not easily explained.

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

sentence

noun

1: a string of words satisfying the grammatical rules of a language; "he always spoke in grammatical sentences"

2: (criminal law) a final judgment of guilty in a criminal case and the punishment that is imposed; "the conviction came as no surprise" [syn: {conviction}, {judgment of conviction}, {condemnation}, {sentence}] [ant: {acquittal}]

3: the period of time a prisoner is imprisoned; "he served a prison term of 15 months"; "his sentence was 5 to 10 years"; "he is doing time in the county jail" [syn: {prison term}, {sentence}, {time}]

verb

1: pronounce a sentence on (somebody) in a court of law; "He was condemned to ten years in prison" [syn: {sentence}, {condemn}, {doom}]


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