paranoid

adjective
para·​noid | \ˈper-ə-ˌnȯid, ˌpa-rə-\
variants: or less commonly paranoidal \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnȯi-​dᵊl , ˌpa-​rə-​ \

Definition of paranoid 

1 : characterized by or resembling paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia a paranoid psychiatric patient

2 : characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania behaving in a paranoid manner with accusations of persecutions

3 : extremely fearful was so paranoid that he was afraid to walk the streets

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paranoid noun

Examples of paranoid in a Sentence

I guess I was just being paranoid. She's a little paranoid about her job. It's nothing more than a paranoid fantasy.
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Queen Headey, now a four-time nominee, was recognized for being the most ruthless, paranoid queen in the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei Lannister. refinery29.com, "The 2018 Emmys Love The Lannisters More Than The Starks," 12 July 2018 This kind of paranoid rhetoric, which should sound familiar to American ears, is a hallmark of Orbán’s public commentary — and has served as a justification for all sorts of different anti-democratic and anti-minority crackdowns. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Hungary just passed a “Stop Soros” law that makes it illegal to help undocumented migrants," 22 June 2018 Anybody who had predicted when Trump took office that the president’s lawyers would officially proclaim his right to start or stop any federal investigation would have been dismissed as a paranoid worrywart. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Rule of Law Is Crumbling Further Each Day Under Trump," 10 June 2018 There are two reasons State is paranoid about missing future attacks. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Still Clueless About the Creepy 'Sonic' Attacks in China and Cuba," 7 June 2018 Freeman wrote in a report that Moore was breathing heavily, having difficulties focusing and acting paranoid. Nichole Manna, star-telegram, "Graham police release video of officers using stun gun on teen with autism," 12 July 2018 Her younger sister, Laura, was diagnosed paranoid schizophrenic as a young woman. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cindy Marten's fortune: leading San Diego Unified forward while suffering personal setbacks," 24 June 2018 She and the other children spent eight hours a day working under the blistering sun with gun-toting guards watching her every move, while Jones’ paranoid, delusional rants played on the compound’s loudspeaker. Johnny Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "Mock Suicide Drills, Child Labor and Armed Guards: Inside Jonestown in the Days Before Mass Poisoning," 11 June 2018 Chang portrayed Mao as a ruthless leader, paranoid and inured to the use of violence in pursuit of his goals. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The Case of Hong Kong’s Missing Booksellers," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of paranoid

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of paranoid was in 1901

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paranoid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of paranoid

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

paranoid

adjective
para·​noid | \ˈper-ə-ˌnȯid \

Kids Definition of paranoid

: having unreasonable feelings of suspicion, distrust, and persecution

paranoid

adjective
para·​noid | \ˈpar-ə-ˌnȯid \
variants: also paranoidal \ ˌpar-​ə-​ˈnȯid-​ᵊl \

Medical Definition of paranoid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : characterized by or resembling paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia

2 : characterized by suspiciousness, persecutory trends, or megalomania

paranoid

noun

Medical Definition of paranoid (Entry 2 of 2)

: one affected with paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia

called also paranoiac

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