Definition of tendentious in US English:



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

    ‘a tendentious reading of history’
    • ‘The book is tendentious and unconvincing but well-written.’
    • ‘The investigation was prejudiced and tendentious.’
    • ‘The version is not itself a lie, but it is a relentlessly tendentious interpretation.’
    • ‘It is a highly tendentious, obviously partisan and unreliable document.’
    • ‘Some of his examples are tendentious but he is broadly right.’
    • ‘The channel is dispensing a view of the world that is tendentious and intellectually idle.’
    • ‘This intensive and tendentious coverage made it obvious that some satellite channels were pursuing agendas of their own.’
    • ‘His realism could involve a fair amount of tendentious editing, glib generalisation and manipulation of the evidence.’
    • ‘The author's choice of this phrase was clearly tendentious.’
    • ‘This is a tendentious, romanticised version of the history.’
    • ‘His use of evidence was tendentious and manipulative.’
    • ‘It is an effort not to understand but to use history to advance a tendentious agenda.’
    • ‘The scriptwriter must fashion this already tendentious material into watchable drama.’
    • ‘This is just sloppy tendentious journalism.’
    • ‘Some liberal arguments about the significance of this case seem tendentious and overblown.’
    • ‘This argument mixes so many distortions, falsehoods and tendentious points that it's not easy to know where to start.’
    • ‘Some of his criticisms do seem a mite tendentious.’
    • ‘The statistics quoted are highly selective and tendentious.’
    • ‘They make some good points, some misleading points, and a few rather tendentious points.’
    • ‘Government advertising campaigns should be objective and explanatory, not tendentious or party political.’
    contentious, disputed, contended, at issue, moot, disputable, debatable, arguable, vexed, open to discussion, open to question, under discussion
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Early 20th century: suggested by German tendenziös.