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idée fixe

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noun \(ˌ)ē-ˌdā-ˈfēks\

Definition of idée fixe

plural idées fixes \same\

  1. :  an idea that dominates one's mind especially for a prolonged period :  obsession



Examples of idée fixe

  1. <had this bizarre idée fixe that people were spying on her with electromagnetic waves>



Origin of idée fixe

French, literally, fixed idea


First Known Use: 1836


Medical Dictionary

idée fixe

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noun \(ˌ)ē-ˌdā-ˈfēks\

Medical Definition of idée fixe

plural idées fixes \-ˈfēks(-əz)\play

  1. :  a usually delusional idea that dominates the whole mental life during a prolonged period (as in certain mental disorders)—called also fixed idea




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