folie à deux

fo·​lie à deux | \ fȯ-lē-ä-ˈdœ How to pronounce folie à deux (audio) , ˌfä-lē-ˌä-ˈdər, -ˈdə How to pronounce folie à deux (audio) \

Definition of folie à deux

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

Examples of folie à deux in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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,, "In creepy 'Thoroughbreds,' teen horse play really gets out of hand," 7 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'folie à deux.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about folie à deux

Time Traveler for folie à deux

Time Traveler

The first known use of folie à deux was circa 1892

See more words from the same year

Statistics for folie à deux

Cite this Entry

“Folie à deux.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for folie à deux

folie à deux

\ -(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

Comments on folie à deux

What made you want to look up folie à deux? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!