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amour fou

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Pronunciation: /əˌmʊə ˈfuː
 
, amuʀ fu/

Definition of amour fou in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Uncontrollable or obsessive passion: he invests this tale of amour fou with a sense of doom
More example sentences
  • Indeed it is the real sense of obsessional amour fou in his pained expression that makes the ending of the film so moving.
  • This logic is oneiric and surrealistic, embroiling two-dimensional characters in mysterious patterns of amour fou and fatal desire.
  • Yet he wants Julie to be an alluring creature, so that Louis' love for her is elevated from masochistic wimpery to amour fou.

Origin

1970s: French, 'insane love'.

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