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paranoid

adjective para·noid \ˈper-ə-ˌnid, ˌpa-rə-\

medical : of, relating to, or suffering from a mental illness that causes you to falsely believe that people are trying to harm you

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

Full Definition of PARANOID

1
:  characterized by or resembling paranoia
2
:  characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania
3
:  extremely fearful
paranoid noun

Variants of PARANOID

para·noid also para·noi·dal \ˌper-ə-ˈni-dəl, ˌpa-rə-\
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Examples of PARANOID

  1. I guess I was just being paranoid.
  2. She's a little paranoid about her job.
  3. It's nothing more than a paranoid fantasy.

First Known Use of PARANOID

1904

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal
PARANOIDAL Defined for Kids

paranoid

adjective para·noid \ˈper-ə-ˌnid\

Definition of PARANOID for Kids

:  having unreasonable feelings of suspicion, distrust, and persecution

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