One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural idées reçues
A generally accepted concept or idea.
- ‘But maybe it's just a sort of translingual ‘idée reçue’.’
- ‘The analogy is an idée reçue by now, but the article is full of interesting history.’
- ‘This approach allows her to confront idées reçues; to challenge the predictable ‘order of things.’’
- ‘The Dutch periodical OnzeTaal linked to the NYT article and also to my earlier post on the topic - maybe the internet culture can start to keep these small thoughtless quantitative ‘idées reçues’ in check.’
- ‘There are two widespread views - one could call them idées reçues, in the Flaubertian sense - on the impact of photography.’
- ‘Every sacred idée reçue of the cold war… is methodically raked over with a barrage of satire.’
French, literally ‘received idea’.
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