- de·lu·sion·al, de·lu·sion·ar·y, adjective
- pre·de·lu·sion, noun
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How to use delusion in a sentence
“It seems to have forced those people onto darker, scarier apps where their delusion and bloodlust can run wild,” Dorsey allowed.SNL skewers Marjorie Taylor Greene, the vaccine rollout and GameStop, reminding us that things are still very bad | Bethonie Butler | January 31, 2021 | Washington Post
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov retorted that Navalny had delusions of grandeur, paranoia and a “Freudian fixation” on his underwear.In Russia, tough new laws and stepped-up defiance abroad mark Putin’s shift toward unfettered control | Robyn Dixon | December 27, 2020 | Washington Post
A nation unwilling to tell the truth about itself to itself will circle its delusions until there is nothing left to tether it to reality.Delusions, justice, accountability and freedom in America | Paul Taylor | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Those keywords — delusion, justice, accountability and freedom — name and organize the four short essays that provide most of the book’s pages.Delusions, justice, accountability and freedom in America | Paul Taylor | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
What’s more, we are willing to lessen the criminal penalty if the person was deprived of free will, for instance if they were in the grip of a schizophrenic delusion.Hey Google … What Movie Should I Watch Today? How AI Can Affect Our Decisions | TaeWoo Kim | October 21, 2020 | Singularity Hub
I suffer from no delusion that the justice system treats black and white equally.
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 | Marlow Stern | October 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Regina Lizik | October 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like Miller, Wolf suffers from the radical self-delusion that mistakes bonkers political views for uncommonly brave opinion.From ISIS to Ebola, What Has Made Naomi Wolf So Paranoid? | Michael Moynihan | October 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dawkins is an adept cultural fire-conductor; the title of his bestselling book The God delusion gives a clear indicator why.
It was directed to Mr. Carr, and said as plainly as look could say, "Don't undeceive her; keep up the delusion."Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
Dining the eminent members of my constituency on horse-meat, under the delusion that what is good for chickens is good for votes.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
The horrible phantasy had faded from her mind with the morning light, and she would try and think of it as a mental delusion.The World Before Them | Susanna Moodie
She found this imaginary phenomenon to be soothing rather than otherwise, and resigned herself almost eagerly to the delusion.Dope | Sax Rohmer
The delusion of the red figure with the knife had passed for a moment, and the king's eyes were closed.The Weight of the Crown | Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for delusion
- delusional, adjective
- delusive, adjective
- delusively, adverb
- delusiveness, noun
- delusory (dɪˈluːsərɪ), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Scientific definitions for delusion
A false belief or perception strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness, as in schizophrenia.
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Cultural definitions for delusion
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.