Definition of amour fou in English:

amour fou

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Pronunciation: /əˌmʊə ˈfuː
, amuʀ fu/


[mass noun]
  • Uncontrollable or obsessive passion: he invests this tale of amour fou with a sense of doom
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    • 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.


1970s: French, 'insane love'.

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