[ byen pen-sahnt; French byanpahn-sahn ]
/ ˌbyɛn pɛnˈsɑnt; French byɛ̃ pɑ̃ˈsɑ̃ /
blindly conventional or orthodox; having or based on beliefs that are acceptably proper or correct: In bien pensant circles, it has become fashionable to speak of India and China in the same breath, though these countries have little in common.
a person who adopts conventional or orthodox beliefs without critical judgment: I've been called an opinionated bien pensant.
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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Origin of bien pensant
First recorded in1840–45; from French: literally, “well thinking,” equivalent to bien, from Latin bene “well” + pensant, present participle of penser “to think”; see origin at pensive
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Finally, may I end with an observation on what makes David so attractive to the bien-pensant crowd?
British Dictionary definitions for bien pensant
/ French (bjɛ̃pɑ̃sɑ̃) /
noun bien pensant plural bien pensants (bjɛ̃pɑ̃sɑ̃)
a right-thinking person
Word Origin for bien-pensant
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