[ pahn-seyz, pahn-; French pahn-sey ]
/ pɑnˈseɪz, pɑ̃-; French pɑ̃ˈseɪ /


a collection of notes, essays, etc., dealing with religious and philosophical matters by Blaise Pascal, published posthumously in 1670.

Definition for pensees (2 of 2)


[ pahn-sey ]
/ pɑ̃ˈseɪ /

noun, plural pen·sées [pahn-sey] /pɑ̃ˈseɪ/. French.

a reflection or thought. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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[ (pahn-say) (1670) ]

A set of reflections on religion by Blaise Pascal (pensées is French for “thoughts”). This work contains the famous statement “The heart has its reasons that reason does not know.”

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