Arriere-pensee



a mental reservation; hidden motive.
Historical Examples

A savage will not assist in packing them, for he fears their heels: the Swiss say mules have always an arriere-pensee.
The Art of Travel Francis Galton

Dick meant nothing by this speech more than his words implied: he was far too good-natured for an arriere-pensee.
Not Like Other Girls Rosa N. Carey

As yet, however, let the student of his history understand, they were not tinged with the slightest “arriere-pensee.”
Stella Fregelius H. Rider Haggard

Baroness Dinati was therefore wrong to suspect old Yanski Varhely of any ‘arriere-pensee’.
Prince Zilah, Complete Jules Claretie

noun
an unrevealed thought or intention

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