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bien pensant

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Etymology

From French bien pensant, literally ‘well thinking’.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /bjɛ̃ pɑ̃sɑ̃/

Adjective

bien-pensant

  1. right-thinking, orthodox, conformist.

Noun

bien pensant

  1. A person who is bien pensant, a conservative.
  2. Someone who accepts and or espouses a fashionable idea after it has been established and maintains it without a great amount of critical thought.

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /bjɛ̃ pɑ̃sɑ̃/

Adjective

bien pensant

  1. conservative, bien pensant
  2. (literally) 'good thinking'

Noun

bien pensant

  1. conservative, bien pensant

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