dominant idea n.
An idea that governs all the actions and thoughts of the individual.
No doubt the fact that his dominant idea had been a beautiful and a peaceful one had greatly served to help him through.
The importance of health is a dominant idea in the whole nation.
The indifference of a man who is absorbed in one dominant idea had set its stamp of eccentricity on everything.
Such is the dominant idea of the western world, at least in these our days.
How do ‘expectancy’ and the ‘dominant idea’ explain this experience, which Mr. Aïdé has published in the Nineteenth Century?
The dominant idea with him was ever the preservation of the Union.
The first I call a sketch, viz., I determine the dominant idea of the book, and the elements required to develop this idea.
He was evidently sick and faint, but to restore his garments was for the moment the dominant idea.
His manner was calm, perfectly self-possessed, and his mind seemed to be dwelling upon one dominant idea.
It followed from the dominant idea which gave the film its unity and its raison d'être.