arrière-pensée

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French

Noun[edit]

arrière-pensée (plural arrière-pensées)

  1. an ulterior motive
    • 1884, Henry James, "The Path of Duty" in The English Illustrated Magazine 2(15): 240–256.
      He knew that I had guessed his arrière-pensée, but he let me off for the moment, for which I was thankful; either because he was still ashamed of it, or because he supposed I was reserving myself for the catastrophe,—should it occur.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From arrière + pensée.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

arrière-pensée f (plural arrière-pensées)

  1. ulterior motive
  2. doubt, reservation

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