I was wondering what is the difference between pent and pent up.
Because google translate different explanation and translation to both of them i was wondering if there is any difference considering that they are both adjectives ``.

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    Pent is the past participle of pen and is little used these days, except in the phrase "pent-up".
    – Mick
    Nov 30, 2016 at 19:55

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I've never actually seen pent used on its own, only as part of pent-up. Some dictionaries contain it, generally agreeing that pent is just a contraction of pent-up. So there is no difference; use pent-up in most cases.

The term originated as another spelling of penned up, referring to feelings being held back as if in a pen.

  • And make each prisoner pent Unwillingly represent A source of innocent merriment!
    – Airymouse
    Nov 30, 2016 at 21:11

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