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Thursday, March 01, 2001

Definitions for idee fixe

  1. An idea that dominates the mind; a fixed idea; an obsession.

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Citations for idee fixe
The reality of obsession -- its incessant return to the same few themes, scenarios and questions; its meticulous examination and re-examination of banal minutiae for hidden meanings that simply aren't there; the cancerous way an idee fixe usurps other, more interesting thoughts -- is that it is confining, not rebellious, and not fascinating but maddeningly dull. Laura Miller, New York Times
It became an idee fixe that he stubbornly adhered to in spite of the plain evidence . . . that obviously contradicts it. Edwin G. Pulleyblank, The Journal of the American Oriental Society
Origin of idee fixe
Idee fixe is from the French idée, "idea" + fixe, "fixed."