Meaning of delusion in English:

delusion

Pronunciation /dɪˈluːʒ(ə)n/

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noun

  • 1A false belief or judgment about external reality, held despite incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, occurring especially in mental conditions.

    ‘he began to experience hallucinations, delusions, anxiety, and agitation along with dizziness and nausea’
    • ‘the delusion of being watched’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think I mentioned somewhere that delusions are visions of realities not yet activated.’
    • ‘Psychotic patients may have paranoid delusions about their food, leading to reduced intake.’
    • ‘Such a grandiose delusion is common to the consideration of an insanity defense.’
    • ‘He has grandiose delusions and does not want to stay in hospital.’
    • ‘Psychotic delusions, say of being invincible, are a common element of mania.’
    • ‘Is it all a mass delusion, or is there something to it all.’
    • ‘In other words, this was another sensational example of what sociologists call collective delusions.’
    • ‘Narcissism is a noxious mental disease that leads people to grandiose delusions.’
    • ‘In the paranoid form of this disorder, they develop delusions of persecution or personal grandeur.’
    • ‘The doctors had been aware that he harboured violent delusions.’
    • ‘In some non-Western cultures, schizophrenic delusions single out the person as spiritually gifted.’
    • ‘He was a realistic man who harbored no delusions about immortality.’
    • ‘Schizophrenia, a biological disorder of the brain, is characterised by delusions, hallucinations and thought disorders.’
    • ‘Many are filled with hate and delusions of superiority; some are actually psychotic.’
    • ‘Is this for real, or just a delusion on my part?’
    • ‘No talk show host or publisher invited them to share their delusions with the world.’
    • ‘What did they call it when two people shared a delusion?’
    misapprehension, mistaken impression, false impression, mistaken belief, misconception, misunderstanding, mistake, error, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misbelief
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of deluding or the state of being deluded.
      ‘the banality and delusion of this lifestyle is illustrated with great wit’
      • ‘the lines between reality and delusion are blurred’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It took me 15 years to realise that it was a tragic, sickly delusion.’
      • ‘The collapse of idea in Europe may yet be the event that will snap Britain awake from a 30-year delusion.’
      • ‘This is one of the first steps he takes towards differentiating between delusion and fact.’
      • ‘So many of us live in a life of delusion, of separation, of selfishness and of loneliness.’
      • ‘Now mass delusion is not necessarily a bad thing.’
      deception, misleading, deluding, fooling, tricking, trickery, duping
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Phrases

    delusions of grandeur
    • A false impression of one's own importance.

      ‘you have given yourself the trappings of wealth and delusion of grandeur’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They have managed to negotiate the multi-million pound sale of a player who is not proven at the highest level, seems to lack professionalism and appears to have delusions of grandeur.’
      • ‘In his book you'll read about his week in a travel agency, where, on his first day, he was conned into buying birthday lunch for a boss with serious delusions of grandeur.’
      • ‘I'm not sure what's worse: The naked, unapologetic corruption, or the insane delusions of grandeur.’
      • ‘Thankfully, during week one of the playoffs, it was revealed that all of my friends had fallen prey to similar delusions of grandeur.’
      • ‘Outing those with delusions of grandeur, paranoia, and entitlement is a tough job, but somebody's done a great job of it.’
      • ‘If you have delusions of grandeur and fancy yourself to be intellectually superior, go on and impress those who are even more challenged than you are.’
      • ‘You have to guard against delusions of grandeur.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘act of deluding or of being deluded’): from late Latin delusio(n-), from the verb deludere (see delude).