[ a-ryer-pahn-sey ]

noun,plural ar·rière-pen·sées [a-ryer-pahn-sey]. /a ryɛr pɑ̃ˈseɪ/. French.
  1. a mental reservation; hidden motive.

Words Nearby arrière-pensée Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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


/ French (arjɛrpɑ̃se) /

  1. an unrevealed thought or intention

Origin of arrière-pensée

C19: literally: behind thought

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