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Meaning of PARANOIA

Pronunciation:  `paru'noyu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur

PARANOIA is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: psychosis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Par`a*noi"a\, n. (Med.)
    A chronic form of insanity characterized by very gradual
    impairment of the intellect, systematized delusion, and
    usually by delusious of persecution or mandatory delusions
    producing homicidal tendency. In its mild form paranoia may
    consist in the well-marked crotchetiness exhibited in persons
    commonly called ``cranks.'' Paranoiacs usually show evidences
    of bodily and nervous degeneration, and many have
    hallucinations, esp. of sight and hearing.
  2. \Par`a*noi"a\ (p[a^]r`[.a]*noi"[.a]), n. [NL., fr. Gr.
    para`noia.] (Med.)
    Mental derangement; insanity.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Mental disorder characterized by suspicion, delusions of persecution, and jealousy.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are paranoid indicates your hesitance in moving forward in some situation or relationship. You are not ready for that major step in your life and are overcome with fear and suspicion.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: alternating personality, brain disease, catatonia, catatonic schizophrenia, crack-up, dementia praecox, depersonalization, disconnection, dissociation, dissociation of personality, double personality, dual personality, emotional disorder, emotional dissociation, emotional instability, functional nervous disorder, hebephrenia, hebephrenic schizophrenia, insanity, maladjustment, manic-depressive psychosis, melancholia, mental disorder, mental dissociation, mental illness, multiple personality, nervous breakdown, nervous disorder, neurosis, paranoid personality, paranoid psychosis, paraphrenia, personality disorder, personality disorganization, problems in living, psychosis, reaction, schizoid personality, schizoidism, schizophrenia, schizothymia, social maladjustment, split personality