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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After the Great Inflation of the 1970s, priorities flipped and from Paul Volcker forward, Fed chairs have acted more paranoid about inflation than about unemployment. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why politicians should promise every American a job," 27 Apr. 2018 In a sign LaHood might be paranoid about the looming primary, the district attorney has hired a new political consultant: Colin Strother, a local Democratic operative with a reputation as a bomb-thrower. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Soros backs Gonzales in DA primary," 29 Jan. 2018 By the tale’s end, Nixon is ruthless and paranoid, an alcoholic shell of a man fighting fruitlessly to retain his illusions about himself. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Without getting paranoid about it, try hard to find potential threats. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 There were plenty of people inside the Lyndon B. Johnson White House (the late Richard Goodwin was one of them) who believed that, toward the end of his presidency, Johnson was clinically paranoid—deeply unstable and virtually disabled. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Trump, Mrs. Wilson and That ‘Senior Official’," 6 Sep. 2018 At the same time, many paranoid souls wondered about his future. Doug Haller, azcentral, "ASU basketball's Bobby Hurley finds a home in the Arizona desert," 9 July 2018 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

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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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