- Psychiatry. a mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions and the projection of personal conflicts, which are ascribed to the supposed hostility of others, sometimes progressing to disturbances of consciousness and aggressive acts believed to be performed in self-defense or as a mission.
- baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others.
Origin of paranoia
Examples from the Web for paranoia
Against this paranoia of recent history, Frank takes the long view that all disasters and destruction are natural.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Those who dream of a post-partisan future should note that paranoia has a habit of erasing traditional political boundaries.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid?
October 11, 2014
That, in the absence of an explanation as to why, paranoia takes over.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
September 20, 2014
As my paranoia deepened, I became convinced that I had died and no one was telling me.Maureen Dowd: ‘I Love’ Pot Billboard Using My Image, Will Use It for Christmas Card
September 17, 2014
As fears of the virus hitting Europe intensify, health officials warn that paranoia and racial profiling may grow, as well.Ebola-Fueled Racism Is on the Rise in Europe
Barbie Latza Nadeau
August 21, 2014
Their wives then become martyrs, especially in cases of alcoholism and paranoia.The Sexual Question
Nrana did not know the words for delirium and paranoia, but he could distinguish between them.
He thought the paranoia was an improvement over the wider madness.
Many of our crowd-phenomena belong, like paranoia, to this last class.The Behavior of Crowds
Everett Dean Martin
And all the while eyeing the new and the foreign with the paranoia that is the result of true guilt.After the Rain
- a form of schizophrenia characterized by a slowly progressive deterioration of the personality, involving delusions and often hallucinations
- a mental disorder characterized by any of several types of delusions, in which the personality otherwise remains relatively intact
- informal intense fear or suspicion, esp when unfounded
Word Origin and History for paranoia
"mental disorder characterized by systematized delusions," 1848 (earlier paranoea 1811), from Greek paranoia "mental derangement, madness," from paranoos "mentally ill, insane," from para- "beside, beyond" (see para- (1)) + noos "mind."
FOR several years frequent descriptions have been given in the foreign journals, especially German and Italian, of the forms of insanity designated by the names Paranoia, Verrücktkeit, and Wahnsinn. ["Paranoia -- Systematized Delusions and Mental Degenerations," J. Séglas (transl. William Noyes), 1888]
- A psychotic disorder characterized by systematized delusions, especially of persecution or grandeur, in the absence of other personality disorders.
- Extreme, irrational distrust of others.