from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A Middle English form of folly.

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  • n. (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness


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  • Le Grande du Saulle has given to the disease in which there is a morbid doubt about everything done, the name folie de doute.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine

  • It might be read as another sign of the phenomenon I am calling folie à deux or codependency of marriage.

    Raymond Carver

  • They addressed friends and colleagues from behind electronic walls of accusatory e-mails and confrontational blog posts, and their storybook devotion to each other slowly warped into a shared madness — what is known as a folie à deux.

    Truly, Madly, Deeply

  • Ballet enumerates a number of works upon so-called folie brightique which tend to prove that acute or chronic Bright's disease gives rise either to melancholic disorder or alternately to maniacal and melancholic disorder.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • Cindy and Casey together make up what is termed a folie a deaux, or "madness of two," in which two people share and perpetuate a psychosis.


  • And they seem to share a disorder, known as folie à deux syndrome, and hence reinforce their irrational beliefs. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Also, Kristin, when I said "Vive la folie," I did not mean to underestimate la "folie" of the frustration you experienced -- if that's what you meant.

    avant-propos - French Word-A-Day

  • I think doctors and patients and families have been a kind of folie à trois — everyone participating in this inappropriate optimism and denial of reality.

    Beyond “Death Panels”: The Right Way To Die

  • Her relationship with her equally intense Danish director was a kind of folie a deux.

    Light & 'Dark'

  • "folie" in the design and make it more sculptural.

    Apartment Therapy Main


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