Definition of paranoia
1 : mental illness characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations Psychotic symptoms and paranoia persisted, and she continued to “find clues” of conspiracy against her. — Helen K. Delichatsios et al.
2 : a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others The members of America's racist right inhabit a murky world of conspiracy, suspicion, and paranoia. — Wayne King
paranoicallyplay \ˌper-ə-ˈnȯi(-i)-k(ə-)lē, -ˈnō-i-k(ə-)lē, ˌpa-rə-\ adverb
Examples of paranoia in a Sentence
She was diagnosed with delusional paranoia.
I had to admit that my fears were just paranoia.
Recent Examples of paranoia from the Web
Outbreaks of Western fear and paranoia about all Muslims will never be cured by lectures about tolerance, nor by familiarity with well-meaning Muslim neighbors.
Christian's delight in pushing social boundaries is the mark of a predator, Navarro said, and his explosive rants at other cultures are evidence of paranoia.
The two former presidents Trump is most often compared to are Reagan (for the unserious image that Reagan had as a B-list movie actor) and Richard Nixon (for his authoritarian tendencies, his paranoia, and his antipathy toward the press).
Spears' wife and brother testified earlier in the day Thursday about his increasing paranoia.
Writer-director-palindrome Tim Smit, an effects guy making his feature debut, has a germ of an idea for a nifty chase scenario that mixes paranoia, parallel-world fizziness and apocalyptic action.
Normalizing extremism, paranoia, and hatred damages a society’s social and political fabric.
These programs are used by adults and children suffering from anxiety, anger, depression, hallucinations, paranoia and aggressive behavior.
The story was adapted to the silver screen in 1952 with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton in the lead roles, and now Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin tackle the story of passion and paranoia.
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Origin and Etymology of paranoia
New Latin, from Greek, madness, from paranous demented, from para- + nous mind
First Known Use: 1887See Words from the same year
PARANOIA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paranoia for English Language Learners
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.
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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