arrière-pensée

noun
ar·​ri·​ère-pen·​sée | \ ˌa-rē-ər-päⁿ-ˈsā How to pronounce arrière-pensée (audio) \

Definition of arrière-pensée

: mental reservation

First Known Use of arrière-pensée

1617, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for arrière-pensée

borrowed from French, "ulterior motive, mental reservation," from arrièrre "back, rear" (going back to Old French arriere, adverb, "back, behind") + pensée "thought" — more at arrear, pansy

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3 Sep 2020

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“Arrière-pensée.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arri%C3%A8re-pens%C3%A9e. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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