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idée fixe

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Pronunciation: /ˌiːdeɪ ˈfiːks
 
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Definition of idée fixe in English:

noun (plural idées fixes pronounced same)

An idea or desire that dominates the mind; an obsession.
Example sentences
  • Every time her image appears in the artist's mind it is accompanied by a musical thought, the famous idée fixe of the symphony.
  • History, too, has not been kind to Miller's idées fixes.
  • There is no doubt a ‘planning orthodoxy’ which creates idées fixes, which they simply cannot depart from.
Synonyms
phobia, complex, neurosis
informal bee in one's bonnet, hang-up, thing, bug

Origin

French, literally 'fixed idea'.

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