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fixed idea

a persistent or obsessing idea, often delusional, that can, in extreme form, be a symptom of psychosis.
Origin of fixed idea
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We must judge the fixed idea not in itself but by its effects.

  • His uncle was engaged in the unaware execution of some fixed idea.

    The Flaw in the Sapphire Charles M. Snyder
  • But, all through, the other thing really mastered her: the fixed idea that Jim must be saved.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • What could words do to her, for good or evil in the face of her fixed idea?

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • He is possessed by a fixed idea, and imagines that it is this fixed idea which has preyed upon him and broken him down.

    Tongues of Conscience Robert Smythe Hichens
  • They had the fixed idea that they wanted to give one another up.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • The Islands are not a good place for one to brood upon a fixed idea.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • It was perhaps a fixed idea with him that he would win you, and others misread it.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • One of its principal signs was the fixed idea as to Midsummer Day.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for fixed idea

fixed idea

an idea, esp one of an obsessional nature, that is persistently maintained and not subject to change Also idée fixe
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fixed idea in Medicine

fixed idea n.
An often unreasonable idea or feeling that persists despite evidence to the contrary or efforts to ignore it; an obsession. Also called idée fixe.

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