Definition of paranoid in English:


Pronunciation /ˈperəˌnoid/ /ˈpɛrəˌnɔɪd/

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  • 1Of, characterized by, or suffering from the mental condition of paranoia.

    ‘paranoid schizophrenia’
    • ‘He has a history of mental health problems including paranoid delusions as well as a history of alcohol and drugs misuse.’
    • ‘The appellant suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which is a mental illness within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983.’
    • ‘Martin was a diabetic with paranoid schizophrenia, and he had been out of his insulin for over a month.’
    • ‘However, her parental role has diminished with her increasing flights into paranoid delusions.’
    • ‘Their paranoid delusions often disappeared, and their ability to relate to other people improved.’
    • ‘His nurse told him years ago that he was showing symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia.’
    • ‘She did not describe auditory hallucinations nor have paranoid delusions.’
    • ‘The mother of a student who claims he developed paranoid schizophrenia after being prescribed a controversial acne drug was due to appear on television.’
    • ‘Alan Fuller, defending, said that his client had a history of paranoid schizophrenia and had made a suicide attempt during the course of the case.’
    • ‘Gary Macey has paranoid schizophrenia and has received treatment at the hospital for much of 2004.’
    • ‘Shortly after he finished his first album, he was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia.’
    • ‘The court heard that three psychiatrists had all diagnosed him as suffering from paranoid schizophrenic with auditory hallucinations.’
    • ‘The long-term projection for people with paranoid personality disorder is bleak.’
    • ‘Mr Murray told magistrates that Porter was suffering from an untreatable paranoid personality disorder.’
    • ‘It seems the defendant is suffering from a paranoid personality disorder.’
    • ‘So like most people confronted with paranoid delusions, they react inappropriately: with my gran, they tend to laugh and make a joke of it.’
    • ‘Attacks may be induced by starvation and accompanied by paranoid psychosis.’
    • ‘One of the main problems with this drug is that it can make the user anxious and paranoid dependant on their mood and their surroundings.’
    • ‘Some of us may be unusually paranoid or suspicious, again a characteristic perhaps of schizophrenia.’
    • ‘People with paranoid disorders are often hostile and suspicious and appear eccentric.’
    1. 1.1Unreasonably or obsessively anxious, suspicious, or mistrustful.
      ‘you think I'm paranoid but I tell you there is something going on’
      • ‘I'm not a naturally suspicious or paranoid person.’
      • ‘Where did he get such an obsessive, paranoid personality from?’
      • ‘Gemma, naturally paranoid, was suspicious of the stairs and suspected that they were much shorter than they had seemed.’
      • ‘Falford would forever be at least mildly paranoid and mistrustful of the world.’
      • ‘Around the time of his death, he was reported to be paranoid, dictatorial, obsessed with his celebrity and his physique.’
      • ‘But the real danger for these three men is each other as they become greedy, suspicious and paranoid.’
      • ‘I am paranoid about personal hygiene, and I constantly wash clothes and burn candles in my apartment for company.’
      • ‘We should not forget that Bulgarian people are quite paranoid of being investigated or that information could be collected on them.’
      • ‘Was The X-Files series so popular because it was so good or because people have become more paranoid?’
      • ‘‘People are paranoid about what they can eat and what they can't,’ Jenny points out.’
      • ‘I was a little paranoid about riding in a stranger's car and all, but it was an emergency after all.’
      • ‘If he sounds a bit paranoid about the social status of art and artists, one can more or less understand.’
      • ‘Now, if you had just heard a ghost talk, something they're not supposed to be able to do, wouldn't you be just a bit paranoid?’
      • ‘I get a little paranoid about where these spammers get my e-mail address from’
      • ‘I may be a bit paranoid, but I'm pretty sure the traffic helicopter was following me in to work today.’
      • ‘Feeling someone's eyes on me, I looked around the cafeteria, feeling a little paranoid.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's tough being shy and I feel a bit paranoid.’
      • ‘It may look a bit paranoid, but the lock might be broken and your room would be vulnerable to any nosy intruder who would try the door knob.’
      • ‘Days pass by with no messages from Rachel; soon he starts to become a little paranoid, convinced that she's having an affair behind his back.’
      • ‘Sometimes he wondered if years of isolation made her paranoid of burglars, even when she was expecting her own son to visit.’
      irrationally anxious, over-suspicious, paranoiac, suspicious, mistrustful, distrustful, fearful, insecure
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  • A person who is paranoid.

    ‘further accusations would sound like the ramblings of a paranoid’
    • ‘Paranoids have a fatal tendency to look for the enemy in the wrong place.’
    • ‘In certain periods of history it's been the paranoids who survived.’
    • ‘Kafka's characters are constantly terrified-though even paranoids have real enemies.’
    • ‘Lacey was one of those paranoids who were certain the world of machines was out to get them.’
    • ‘Then again his sanity was a big question mark so what really happened to him probably isn't that sinister as a paranoid would have you believe.’