paranoid

adjective
para·​noid | \ ˈper-ə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce paranoid (audio) , ˌpa-rə-\
variants: or less commonly paranoidal \ ˌper-​ə-​ˈnȯi-​dᵊl How to pronounce paranoidal (audio) , 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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Other Words from paranoid

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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Iacocca later reiterated the same sentiments to Time magazine in 2001, saying Ford was cruel, crude and paranoid. Fox News, "Lee Iacocca, 'father' of Ford Mustang who helped save Chrysler from bankruptcy, dead at 94: reports," 3 July 2019 Each of the seven episodes covers a critical year for Fox News and its increasingly powerful–and paranoid–leader, played by Russell Crowe in a fat suit and pounds of latex makeup. Judy Berman, Time, "The Loudest Voice Shows Us What We Already Knew. That’s Not Redundant—It’s Exactly What We Need," 27 June 2019 The happy ending comes when Death finally resumes normal operations, starting with the paranoid and fascist emperor of the title (the baritone Ben Edquist, somewhat challenged by the part). Washington Post, "At Wolf Trap Opera, Gluck and Ullman make for strange bedfellows," 27 June 2019 The man, identified as Wayne Fortier, 37, had small scrapes on his arms and legs and seemed confused and paranoid, Wood said. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "Nearly naked hammer-wielding man arrested after Sonoma car wreck," 21 June 2019 There are massive WhatsApp chains and Facebook groups that share these kinds of photos, and to scroll through them is enough to turn you paranoid and almost frantic. James Pogue, Harper's magazine, "The Myth of White Genocide," 10 June 2019 This aching nervousness brings on the vengeful and paranoid. . . Armond White, National Review, "Morrissey’s California Son Makes Protest Music Personal," 5 June 2019 The Mad King became paranoid and distrustful, particularly of his Hand. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Every Clue That Daenerys Targaryen Was Always Destined to Become the Mad Queen in 'Game of Thrones'," 13 May 2019 Kardashian West and her over-the-top fashion tendencies aside, the KKW effect on old clothing has also gotten me paranoid. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Is Killing My Love for Vintage Designer Clothing," 31 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce paranoid (audio) \

Kids Definition of paranoid

: having unreasonable feelings of suspicion, distrust, and persecution

paranoid

adjective
para·​noid | \ ˈpar-ə-ˌnȯid How to pronounce paranoid (audio) \
variants: also paranoidal \ ˌpar-​ə-​ˈnȯid-​ᵊl How to pronounce paranoidal (audio) \

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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