Definition of amour fou in US English:

amour fou


  • Uncontrollable or obsessive passion.

    ‘he invests this tale of amour fou with a sense of doom’
    • ‘The integration of character and action, and the operation of l' amour fou in the film are the clearest realizations of these elements which underlie his other films.’
    • ‘Soon they embark on a dark and dangerous amour fou, with undercurrents of violence testing the boundaries of sex.’
    • ‘It is l'amour fou which isolates us from the rest of the world and its everyday demands.’
    • ‘As the two take ever-greater risks to be together, both inside and outside the asylum, their amour fou engenders treachery and tragedy on all sides.’
    • ‘Indeed it is the real sense of obsessional amour fou in his pained expression that makes the ending of the film so moving.’
    • ‘Yet he wants Julie to be an alluring creature, so that Louis' love for her is elevated from masochistic wimpery to amour fou.’
    • ‘Soap operas and melodramas were, after all, what that stalwart Surrealist phrase l' amour fou, or ‘crazy love,’ was all about.’
    • ‘Considering the punk-is-not-dead aesthetic they share - their nights raw with drinking and rutting and drugging and jagged glass - their blunt masochism suggests equal parts amour fou and blood-soaked romantic comedy.’
    • ‘With her heroic credentials established, she takes charge of her look, providing the costumes, make-up, hairstyle and the setting for her final transformation into an incendiary image of l' amour fou.’
    • ‘This logic is oneiric and surrealistic, embroiling two-dimensional characters in mysterious patterns of amour fou and fatal desire.’
    • ‘My amour fou for the Spanish language began six years ago and has been building ever since.’
    • ‘Thankfully, she also cuts down to size Oscar's amour fou for that golden bore, Poesy.’
    • ‘She inspires l'amour fou in both the Count and Baptiste.’
    • ‘For him, the theme of l'amour fou was so powerfully developed in the novel that he felt compelled to adapt it.’
    • ‘But then as any Parisian will tell you, matters of l' amour fou aren't supposed to make any sense.’
    • ‘The amour fou between these two burns clear and pure for virtually the entire film, and certainly unto death.’
    love, desire, sexual love, sexual desire, lust, ardour, hunger, yearning, longing, craving, adoration, infatuation, lasciviousness, lustfulness
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1970s: French, ‘insane love’.


amour fou

/ˌämo͝or ˈfo͞o/