folie à deux

noun
fo·lie à deux | \ fȯ-lē-ä-ˈdœ , ˌfä-lē-ˌä-ˈdər , -ˈdə \

Definition of folie à deux 

: the presence of the same or similar delusional ideas in two persons closely associated with one another

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There's a moment late in the play when Hinkypunk's Solange gets a glimpse beyond her folie a deux, recognizes the inevitability of what's to come next for her and her little sister, and gives in to it. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The Artistic Home’s drag version of The Maids . . . drags," 27 June 2018 The term folie a deux refers to two individuals who plan and commit crimes that neither would concoct on their own — the basis for (fact-based) movies like Hitchcock’s Rope, or Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "In creepy 'Thoroughbreds,' teen horse play really gets out of hand," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of folie à deux

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for folie à deux

French, literally, double madness

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folie à deux

noun
\ -(ˌ)ä-ˈdœ̅, -ˈdə \
plural folies à deux\ˌfō-ˈlē(z)-(ˌ)ä- \

Medical Definition of folie à deux 

: the presence of the same or similar delusional ideas in two persons closely associated with one another

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