a mental reservation; hidden motive.
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How to use arrière-pensée in a sentence
There was an arriere pensee here too, born in the minds of northern capitalists.The Negro in the South | Booker T. Washington
For myself, I am glad now that I never saw the city that was; for I can love the city that is with no arriere pensee.The Californiacs | Inez Haynes Irwin
Here we have the "Arriere pensee" clue, that is, the clue in mental reservation; and here we meet the axiom.
A savage will not assist in packing them, for he fears their heels: the Swiss say mules have always an arriere-pensee.The Art of Travel | Francis Galton
Baroness Dinati was therefore wrong to suspect old Yanski Varhely of any 'arriere-pensee'.Prince Zilah, Complete | Jules Claretie
British Dictionary definitions for arrière-pensée
an unrevealed thought or intention
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