Definition of idée fixe in English:

idée fixe

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Pronunciation: /ˌiːdeɪ ˈfiːks

noun (plural idées fixes pronunc. same)

An idea or desire that dominates the mind; an obsession.
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  • 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.
obsession, fixation, ruling/consuming passion, passion, mania, compulsion, preoccupation, enthusiasm, infatuation, addiction, fetish, craze, hobby horse; phobia, complex, neurosis
informal bee in one's bonnet, hang-up, thing, bug


French, literally 'fixed idea'.

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