Definition of folie de grandeur in English:

folie de grandeur

noun

mass noun
  • Delusions of grandeur.

    • ‘Is it their strangeness or their sheer folie de grandeur which attracts me to them?’
    • ‘Mountbatten who accused him of folie de grandeur dismissed the idea of taking over the country as rank treason and told King to get out when he put it to him.’
    • ‘In the first place it encouraged a certain folie de grandeur in terms of my literary aspirations and my estimation of my own talent.’
    • ‘In old age he was taken by folie de grandeur and bankrupted himself with ventures.’
    • ‘This is not only a folie de grandeur, given that it will be American soldiers who will end up doing the fighting.’
    • ‘For ETO to do Bohème in Italian is folie de grandeur on a mind-boggling scale.’
    • ‘He has fallen into a folie de grandeur, however, if he believes we can will a gallon of gas into our tank or a loaf of bread onto our table.’
    • ‘‘The Daily Mail maybe, but this sounds like folie de grandeur,’ he says.’
    • ‘Hopefully, it was not a harbinger of more delusional folie de grandeur.’
    • ‘For the whole folie de grandeur of this absurd project points to a genuine revolution in ‘brand reinforcement.’’
    • ‘Critique, elegant confusion, and folie de grandeur are inherently interesting, and in a way you don't want the mystique dispelled by too many details.’
    • ‘Attempting to be a hagiography of everybody involved, it becomes instead a satire of the whole folie de grandeur of this absurd project.’
    delusions of grandeur, obsessionalism, grandiosity, grandioseness
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Origin

French.

Pronunciation

folie de grandeur

/ˌfɒlɪ də ɡrɒ̃ˈdəː/