Definition of tendentious in English:

tendentious

adjective

  • Expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view, especially a controversial one.

    ‘a tendentious reading of history’
    • ‘Some of his criticisms do seem a mite tendentious.’
    • ‘Some liberal arguments about the significance of this case seem tendentious and overblown.’
    • ‘The statistics quoted are highly selective and tendentious.’
    • ‘Some of his examples are tendentious but he is broadly right.’
    • ‘It is an effort not to understand but to use history to advance a tendentious agenda.’
    • ‘This is just sloppy tendentious journalism.’
    • ‘The book is tendentious and unconvincing but well-written.’
    • ‘This intensive and tendentious coverage made it obvious that some satellite channels were pursuing agendas of their own.’
    • ‘The version is not itself a lie, but it is a relentlessly tendentious interpretation.’
    • ‘They make some good points, some misleading points, and a few rather tendentious points.’
    • ‘This argument mixes so many distortions, falsehoods and tendentious points that it's not easy to know where to start.’
    • ‘It is a highly tendentious, obviously partisan and unreliable document.’
    • ‘His use of evidence was tendentious and manipulative.’
    • ‘The author's choice of this phrase was clearly tendentious.’
    • ‘This is a tendentious, romanticised version of the history.’
    • ‘His realism could involve a fair amount of tendentious editing, glib generalisation and manipulation of the evidence.’
    • ‘The channel is dispensing a view of the world that is tendentious and intellectually idle.’
    • ‘Government advertising campaigns should be objective and explanatory, not tendentious or party political.’
    • ‘The investigation was prejudiced and tendentious.’
    • ‘The scriptwriter must fashion this already tendentious material into watchable drama.’
    contentious, disputed, contended, at issue, moot, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, open to discussion, open to question, under discussion
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Origin

Early 20th century: suggested by German tendenziös.

Pronunciation

tendentious

/tɛnˈdɛnʃəs/