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paranoia

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

Simple Definition of paranoia

  • 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. 1 :  a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations

  2. 2 :  a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others

para·noi·ac play \-ˈnȯi-ˌak, -ˈnȯi-ik\ also para·noic play \-ˈnȯi(-i)k, -ˈnō-ik\ adjective or noun
para·noi·cal·ly play \-ˈnȯi(-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


Medical Dictionary

paranoia

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noun para·noia \ˌpar-ə-ˈnȯi-ə\

Medical Definition of paranoia

  1. 1:  a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations

  2. 2:  a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others





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