Origin of delusion
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Examples from the Web for delusion
I suffer from no delusion that the justice system treats black and white equally.Bill de Blasio’s Tea Party Problem
December 30, 2014
The Hannity-esque delusion of a post-racial America is ill-informed at best and bigoted at worst.‘Dear White People’: How An Ex-Publicist’s Twitter Became One of the Year’s Most Important Films
October 30, 2014
To his fellow survivors and to the audience, this delusion indicates another slip on a downward spiral.The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
And like Jodorowsky, Kubrick also had the delusion that some Hollywood studio would back his vision.‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ and the Allure of the Unmade Masterpiece
March 19, 2014
This is the sort of delusion that sets in when a despot confuses himself with the state after too long in power.Putin’s Sochi and Hitler’s Berlin: The Love Affair Between Dictators and the Olympic Games.
February 7, 2014
The delusion has now vanished, and made room for sober reason and reflection.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
You are no delusion—no mirage, but Rima, like no other being on earth.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
There was, indeed, a resemblance in their size and persons, which favoured the delusion.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
I hold Nature for Master in such matters, and the fancy of men for delusion.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
"You appear to be laboring under some sort of delusion," he replied.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
Word Origin and History for delusion
"act of misleading someone," early 15c.; as a form of mental derangement, 1550s, from Latin delusionem (nominative delusio) "a deceiving," noun of action from past participle stem of deludere (see delude).
Technically, delusion is a belief that, though false, has been surrendered to and accepted by the whole mind as a truth; illusion is an impression that, though false, is entertained provisionally on the recommendation of the senses or the imagination, but awaits full acceptance and may not influence action. Delusions of grandeur, the exact phrase, is recorded from 1840, though the two words were in close association for some time before that.
- A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
- A false belief or perception strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness, as in schizophrenia.