- 1An idiosyncratic belief or impression that is firmly maintained despite being contradicted by what is generally accepted as reality or rational argument, typically a symptom of mental disorder: the delusion of being watchedMore example sentences
- The rise of psychoanalysis did much to validate the contents of mental symptoms, including delusions.
- In the paranoid form of this disorder, they develop delusions of persecution or personal grandeur.
- LSD can induce a psychotic state with paranoid delusions that can last for months.
- 1.1The action of deluding someone or the state of being deluded: what a capacity television has for delusionMore example sentences
- The rest of us play along, but no one is fooled by this necessary delusion.
- In short, the evidence points more towards hoaxing and delusion than real discovery.
- What is deceit or delusion, and what is genuine in this movement?
delusions of grandeur
- A false impression of one’s own importance.More example sentences
- The purpose of that story was to demonstrate that a well-known and well-respected public figure was actually nothing more than a mindless hack with delusions of grandeur.
- It is a pleasingly post-modern twist which Cervantes himself would have enjoyed, having written a book about absurd follies, delusions of grandeur and the deficit between fiction and reality.
- The patient entertains delusions of grandeur.
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- Nor are such experiences delusional or hallucinatory in a psychiatric sense.
- I know this may seem a lot to read into a casual glance, but I'm either very good at doing this, or else I'm slightly delusional.
- If they don't think their health care plan isn't going to be an issue, they're delusional.
late Middle English (in the sense 'act of deluding or of being deluded'): from late Latin delusio(n-), from the verb deludere (see delude).