bien pensant

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French bien pensant.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bjɛ̃ pɑ̃sɑ̃/

Adjective[edit]

bien pensant (comparative more bien pensant, superlative most bien pensant)

  1. Right-thinking, orthodox, conformist.
    • 2010, Bagehot, The Economist, 23 Aug 2010:
      He hopes Mr Abbott wins the election in part because it would, he says, annoy bien-pensant British journalists and Leftists who oppose the Australian's positions on things like abortion, gay marriage or climate change.

Noun[edit]

bien pensant (plural bien pensants)

  1. A person who is bien pensant.
  2. Someone who accepts and/or espouses a fashionable idea after it has been established and maintains it without a great amount of critical thought.

French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bjɛ̃ pɑ̃sɑ̃/

Adjective[edit]

bien pensant m (feminine bien pensante, masculine plural bien pensants, feminine plural bien pensantes)

  1. bien pensant
  2. (literally) 'good thinking'

Noun[edit]

bien pensant m (plural bien pensants)

  1. bien pensant