It would be self-delusion of the first order to assume health reform won't be a central issue in 2014.
Second, people in positions of great authority are, and perhaps must be, capable of enormously high levels of self-delusion.
But his remarkable combination of grandiosity, self-delusion, and brazen, utter, shameless chutzpah keeps him coming back.
Campaigns can often be breeding grounds for confidence bordering on self-delusion.
self-delusion is a beautiful thing, but bravado is even better.
It was all clear enough now; so clear, that the self-delusion which had blinded her seemed to have been little short of madness.
If it was only a self-delusion, an hallucination, he told himself that he would be content.
The Eskimo became meditative at this point, as if his mind were running on the abstract idea of self-delusion.
"A natural sort of self-delusion in its way," said Grenfell, carelessly.
The subject of the moral reflections at the end is self-delusion in the particular form of sophisticated vanity.