plural -s
: a thought expressed in literary form
not a system of ethics at all but simply a collection of maxims and penséesJ. C. Ransom

Word History


in sense 1, from French, from Pensées (1670), literary work by Blaise Pascal †1662 French scientist and philosopher; in sense 2, from French, from Middle French

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“Pensée.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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