Definitions for paranoiaˌpær əˈnɔɪ ə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•a•noi•aˌpær əˈnɔɪ ə(n.)

  1. a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions ascribing hostile intentions to others, often linked with a sense of mission.

    Category: Psychiatry

  2. baseless or excessive distrust of others.

Origin of paranoia:

1805–15; < NL < Gk paránoia madness. See para -1, nous , -ia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. paranoia(noun)

    a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. paranoia(noun)ˌpær əˈnɔɪ ə

    the worry that people are thinking or saying negative things about you

    Their whispering just increased her paranoia.

  2. paranoiaˌpær əˈnɔɪ ə

    a severe medical condition in which sb believes people are trying to harm them

    a patient suffering from paranoia


  1. paranoia(Noun)

    A psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution.

  2. paranoia(Noun)

    Extreme, irrational distrust of others.

  3. Origin: παράνοια, from παράνοος, from παρά + νόος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paranoia(noun)

    mental derangement; insanity


  1. Paranoia

    Paranoia is a thought process believed to be heavily influenced by anxiety or fear, often to the point of irrationality and delusion. Paranoid thinking typically includes persecutory beliefs, or beliefs of conspiracy concerning a perceived threat towards oneself. Making false accusations and the general distrust of others also frequently accompany paranoia. For example, an incident most people would view as an accident or coincidence, a paranoid person might believe was intentional.

Translations for paranoia

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of mental illness in which a person has fixed and unreasonable ideas that he is very important, or that other people are being unfair or unfreindly to him.

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