Definition of paranoid
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
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.
Recent Examples of paranoid from the Web
In August, when a teenager suffering an episode of paranoid schizophrenia killed an American tourist in a busy London street, armed police rushed to the scene but not a single bullet was fired.
But the similarities between this figure and the paranoid worldviews and sadistic actions of our current policy makers are uncanny.
Fox said the claims by Tantaros' lawyer Judd Burstein are either a paranoid fantasy or deliberate hoax.
Also, all men are vaguely paranoid about this, just in general.
But others at the Constitutional Convention were notably less paranoid.
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First Known Use of paranoid
PARANOID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of paranoid for English Language Learners
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 Defined for Kids
Definition of paranoid for Students
: having unreasonable feelings of suspicion, distrust, and persecution
Medical Definition of paranoid
: one affected with paranoia or paranoid schizophrenia—called also paranoiac
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