in a state of denial

idiom

: not having fully accepted something
I think she's still in a state of denial about her husband's death.

Examples of in a state of denial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Must be taking a nap, Hemesath thought to himself, perhaps in a state of denial. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2022 As the Republican senator and former GOP presidential nominee fairly argues, Americans are, in many ways, trapped in a state of denial about the state of the country. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 5 July 2022 Despite Wednesday’s inflation report indicating that consumer prices have risen by 7% over the past 12 months and accelerated to 9.1% over the past three months, the president and Democrats other than Sen. Joe Manchin remain firmly entrenched in a state of denial. Phil Gramm and Mike Solon, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022

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“In a state of denial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20a%20state%20of%20denial. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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