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[a-ryer-pahn-sey] /a ryɛr pɑ̃ˈseɪ/
noun, plural arrière-pensées
[a-ryer-pahn-sey] /a ryɛr pɑ̃ˈseɪ/ (Show IPA).
a mental reservation; hidden motive. Unabridged
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  • 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
  • Dick meant nothing by this speech more than his words implied: he was far too good-natured for an arriere-pensee.

    Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey
  • As yet, however, let the student of his history understand, they were not tinged with the slightest "arriere-pensee."

    Stella Fregelius H. Rider Haggard
  • Baroness Dinati was therefore wrong to suspect old Yanski Varhely of any 'arriere-pensee'.

    Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie
British Dictionary definitions for arriere-pensee


an unrevealed thought or intention
Word Origin
C19: literally: behind thought
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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