Meaning of paranoia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌparəˈnɔɪə/

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mass noun
  • 1Unjustified suspicion and mistrust of other people or their actions.

    ‘I got into a state of paranoia about various night noises which in daylight seems utterly silly’
    • ‘Setting aside suspicion and paranoia, surely highways officials must have a plan for the future of this area.’
    • ‘On the space station that orbits Solaris, paranoia has evolved into a degree of mistrust, bordering on terror.’
    • ‘The atmosphere of universal suspicion and vigilance of the Terror years was not irrational paranoia.’
    • ‘In many cases, these suspicions may be so unreasonable as to border on paranoia.’
    • ‘Live in a state of perpetual paranoia and always know what your competitors are doing.’
    • ‘Well it was too late now and my jealousy and paranoia grew on one fateful Friday afternoon.’
    • ‘Let it never be said that the Left doesn't have its fair share of paranoia and persecution complexes.’
    • ‘Face it, our information is safer when we have a healthy dose of paranoia regarding it.’
    • ‘She felt paranoia and panic rising up to claim her, but she wouldn't let that happen.’
    • ‘I almost thought I could see a dark shape through the veil of flames, but I passed it off as paranoia.’
    • ‘It is a tale of psychological terror and at its heart are paranoia and fear.’
    • ‘When two young men are driving along the highway one evening, they are flagged down by a cop and anxiety soon turns to paranoia.’
    • ‘She looked like she was on the edge of paranoia from being watched as though she was on display.’
    • ‘I think paranoia is only useful if you're in combat and need to be constantly ready to kill.’
    • ‘Who expects to find an aging Spanish nanny at the center of a tale of religious hysteria, paranoia, murder and revenge?’
    • ‘This is a city prone to paranoia at the best of times, as personified by that quintessential New Yorker, Woody Allen.’
    • ‘The paranoia of a parent who's lost their child is easy to empathise with and makes gripping drama.’
    • ‘America's predominant mental state was one of anticommunist paranoia.’
    • ‘The film succeeds because we are made to feel a little bit of the confusion, paranoia and madness of war.’
    • ‘In any organism, person, organisation, or even country stress leads to paranoia.’
  • 2The unwarranted or delusional belief that one is being persecuted, harassed, or betrayed by others, occurring as part of a mental condition.

    ‘He spent some time in America and there he began to show signs of paranoia and other aspects of mental disturbance.’
    • ‘Twenty years of turmoil followed; five breakdowns including episodes of paranoia and delusions.’
    • ‘Mr Crosland said Day's use of amphetamines had caused delusions and paranoia.’
    • ‘He said people suffering from paranoia are known to have a capacity to be very dangerous.’
    • ‘The most common symptom of paranoia is the belief that someone or something is persecuting you.’
    persecution complex, delusions, obsession, megalomania, monomania
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Mid 18th century (in paranoia (sense 2)): modern Latin, from Greek, from paranoos ‘distracted’, from para ‘irregular’ + noos ‘mind’.