arriere pensee

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n arriere pensee an unstated doubt that prevents you from accepting something wholeheartedly
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Usage

In literature:

Have you any arriere pensee that keeps you from telling her name at once?
"The Golden Dog" by William Kirby
Baroness Dinati was therefore wrong to suspect old Yanski Varhely of any 'arriere-pensee'.
"Prince Zilah, Complete" by Jules Claretie
Then Cedric looked at him as if he suspected some arriere pensee.
"Herb of Grace" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Hitherto she had cultivated the friendship with Heath without arriere pensee.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
ARRIERE PENSEE, TOOTLES, PONGO and HUGGING: see answer to CIUDAD RODRIGO.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, March 4th 1914" by Various
Then I shall be able to read the verses for themselves and without any arriere-pensee.
"The Drunkard" by Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
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