pensée

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French pensée

Noun[edit]

pensée (plural pensées)

  1. A thought.

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French[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /pɑ̃.se/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

pensée f

  1. feminine singular of the past participle of penser

Noun[edit]

pensée f (plural pensées)

  1. a thought (first attested 1176 in Chrétien de Troyes, Cligès, ed. A. Micha, 5246)
  2. reflection, meditation, faculty of thinking (late 12th century)
    • late 12th century, Orson de Beauvais:
      Bone pansée (“wise reflection”).
    • 1216, Guillaume Le Clerc, Fergus, ed. W. Frescoln, 3093:
      Rentrer en sa pensée.
    • 1278, Sarrazin, Roman du Hem, ed. A. Henry, 4502:
      Entrer en une pensée.
  3. (in the expression “être en pensée”) worry, concern (late 12th century)
    • late 12th century, Eneas, ms. A (second edition):
      Estre en pensé por.
    • first half of the 13th century, La fille du Comte de Ponthieu, ed. C. Brunel, 288-289 and 379:
      Estre en molt grief pensée; estre en mout grant pensée de (aucun).
    • 18 September 1789, letter of Archduchess Elisabeth to the later emperor Joseph II, published in Archiv für österreichische Geschichte, vol. 44 (1871), p. 204:
      Je ne puis dormir, toujours je suis en pensée avec la moitié de moi-même et les dangers auxquels vous êtes exposé se représentent si vivement à mon imagination qu'ils m'ôtent tout sommeil.
  4. the mind as the seat of thinking (c. 1200)
  5. (obsolete) amorous attachment (c. 1200)
  6. manner of thinking (c. 1215)
  7. an idea coming up in one's mind (c. 1220 in Anseïs de Carthage, 332)
  8. the guiding idea of a decision made or one's will (c. 1274 in Adenet Le Roi, Berte, 1644)
  9. moral disposition (first quarter of 13th century)
  10. an operation of the mind (since 1636)
  11. idea expressed by an author in a literary or artistic work (since 1621)
  12. thinking, worldview of an author
    Travestir la pensée d'un auteur.
  13. a pansy (plant) (c. 1460)

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Noun[edit]

pensée f (plural pensées)

  1. thought

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Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

pensée f (plural pensées)

  1. (Jersey) pansy

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