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self-delusion

[self-di-loo-zhuh n, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈlu ʒən, ˌsɛlf-/
noun
1.
the act or fact of deluding oneself.
Origin of self-delusion
1625-1635
First recorded in 1625-35
Related forms
self-deluded
[self-di-loo-did, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈlu dɪd, ˌsɛlf-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
self-deluding, adjective
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Examples from the Web for self-delusion
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  • "A natural sort of self-delusion in its way," said Grenfell, carelessly.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Any other reason or excuse she used was a sham, a self-delusion.

    Ten From Infinity Paul W. Fairman
  • If it was only a self-delusion, an hallucination, he told himself that he would be content.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • It is a self-delusion to attempt to derive monachism from the East.

    The Essence of Christianity Ludwig Feuerbach
  • But it was self-delusion: she loved another; she married him.

    The True Story of My Life Hans Christian Andersen
British Dictionary definitions for self-delusion

self-delusion

noun
1.
the act or state of deceiving or deluding oneself
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