Definition of arrière-pensée in English:

arrière-pensée

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Pronunciation: /ˌarɪɛː ˈpɒ̃seɪ
 
, aʀjɛʀ pɑ̃se/

noun

  • A concealed thought or intention; an ulterior motive.
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    • But this military judgement cloaked political arrière-pensées.
    • In one sphere the French did try genuinely to develop their liberating and civilizing mission unencumbered by economic and military considerations, if not totally free of the arrière-pensée of French greatness.
    • Too often, when donor governments decide which of your activities to fund, there is a flagrant political arrière-pensée.

Origin

French, literally 'behind thought'.

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