folie à deux

noun
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, 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, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/folie%20%C3%A0%20deux. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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