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There is hardly an exception to this in the whole history of Caucasian ideas.

It might not meet your ideas of what a spot so named should be.

Her husband had ideas on that subject, and had imbued her with them.

The sinister association of ideas made Mary shudder, but she said no more.

He was trying to fit his own ideas of luxury to a garden hose and a city street.

Just when I had all my ideas fixed for fifteen, I get twenty-two and have to reassemble them.

Due chiefly to the ideas about God are its uniqueness and its force.

Simba selected Mali-ya-bwana to accompany him, but this did not meet Kingozi's ideas.

Then, perhaps, says another, the essence of a bull lies in confusion of ideas.

Whether to call it a confusion of expressions or of ideas, I can't tell.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "archetype of a thing in the mind of God; Platonic `idea,'" from Latin idea "idea," and in Platonic philosophy "archetype," from Greek idea "ideal prototype," literally "the look of a thing (as opposed to the reality); form; kind, sort, nature," from idein "to see," from PIE *wid-es-ya-, suffixed form of root *weid- "to see" (see vision). Sense of "result of thinking" first recorded 1640s.

Idée fixe (1836) is from French, literally "fixed idea."

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