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idea

 [i-de´ah]
a mental impression or conception.
autochthonous idea a persistent idea, originating within the mind, usually from the unconscious, but seeming to have come from an outside source and often therefore felt to be of malevolent origin.
dominant idea one that controls or colors every action and thought.
fixed idea a persistent morbid impression or belief that cannot be changed by reason.
overvalued idea a false or exaggerated belief sustained beyond logic or reason but with less rigidity than a delusion, also often being less patently unbelievable.
idea of reference the incorrect idea that the words and actions of others refer to one's self, or the projection of the causes of one's own imaginary difficulties upon someone else.

fixed i·de·a

1. an exaggerated notion, belief, or delusion that persists, despite evidence to the contrary, and controls the mind;
2. the obstinate conviction of a psychotic person regarding the correctness of a delusion.

idee fixe

Fixed idea Psychiatry An obsessive idea, delusion, or compulsion

i·dée fixe

(ē-dā' fēks)
French for fixed idea (q.v.).
[Fr. obsession]

idée fixe

A fixed idea or obsession, often delusional, and having a marked effect on behaviour.
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A leitmotif of Christine's self-constructed counter tradition is her informants' reproaches along the lines of "A short while ago, like a fool, you considered yourself unlucky to be a member of the sex of such creatures, thinking that God held this sex in reprobation" (116).
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A leitmotif of his argument is the metaphor of roots and ruts.
As an exploration into the power of averageness, Wrange's project may well have provided the leitmotif both of the exhibition and of a putative future Europe.
Visitors are repeatedly taken down winding paths that turn out to be dead ends; this sense of art leading nowhere becomes an unfortunate leitmotif, sending out a powerful message quite different from what was intended.
Perhaps this balance corresponds to the relationship of the two artists, united as they are by shared skepticism--or better, by a sort of nihilism whose leitmotif is less the "void" than a deliberately nurtured, pragmatic openness to all that reality has to offer.
Entering through a curtain, they saw a film (Untitled, 1999) that was both one of Sarmento's newest pieces and the leitmotif of the exhibition.
Brown's passion for swimming, together with her preoccupation with aquatic symbolism in general, formed the most resounding leitmotif in this retrospective.
The "original experience," a longing for some uncontaminated and pure access to reality that still motivated Debord and appeared as a leitmotif in his restless invectives, has completely disappeared, as has the very possibility of conceiving a willful and autonomous subject or the notion of a pure and undisputable "truth." We, Alys's contemporaries, are left with nothing more than a world of white lies and half-truths.
There's a lunch break - nothing like fratricide to work up an appetite - followed by "Partial mounting of the mythical leitmotif," with a unison hooting of all the assembled orchestras and brass bands.