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[pahn-seyz, pahn-; French pahn-sey]
  1. a collection of notes, essays, etc., dealing with religious and philosophical matters by Blaise Pascal, published posthumously in 1670.
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noun, plural pen·sées [pahn-sey] /pɑ̃ˈseɪ/. French.
  1. a reflection or thought.
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Historical Examples

  • The allusion is to a passage in the philosopher's "Pensees."

    More Hunting Wasps

    J. Henri Fabre

  • The 'Pensees Philosophiquiest' drew upon him some temporary inconvenience which had no disagreeable consequences.

  • Poor Ophelia (in Hamlet) gives rosemary for remembrance, and pansies (pensees) for thoughts.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens

    David Lester Richardson

pensees in Culture


[(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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