Definition of pensée in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpänˈsā/


A thought or reflection put into literary form; an aphorism.
Example sentences
  • ‘Our nature consists in motion,’ wrote Pascal - a pensée purring beneath the far-flung dispatches of his first book.
  • Frustratingly, these pensées are almost invariably generalized.
  • Even so, Godard's barrage of images, sound bites, allusions and pensées remains invigorating rather than numbing, compelling us not only to look but to see and to hear.



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Syllabification: pen·sée

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