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paranoia

noun para·noia \ˌper-ə-ˈni-ə, ˌpa-rə-\

medical : a serious mental illness that causes you to falsely believe that other people are trying to harm you

: an unreasonable feeling that people are trying to harm you, do not like you, etc.

Full Definition of PARANOIA

1
:  a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2
:  a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others
para·noi·ac \-ˈni-ˌak, -ˈni-ik\ also para·noic \-ˈni(-i)k, -ˈnō-ik\ adjective or noun
para·noi·cal·ly \-ˈni(-i)-k(ə-)lē, -ˈnō-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of PARANOIA

  1. She was diagnosed with delusional paranoia.
  2. I had to admit that my fears were just paranoia.

Origin of PARANOIA

New Latin, from Greek, madness, from paranous demented, from para- + nous mind
First Known Use: circa 1811

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

paranoia

noun para·noia \ˌpar-ə-ˈni-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PARANOIA

1
:  a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations
2
:  a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others

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