Origin of delusion
Examples from the Web for delusion
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|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|DAILY BEAST
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|Caryn James|March 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.|Garry Kasparov|February 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This kind of delusion would be amusing to consider if it were not so very lethal.Alkalinizing Someone to Improve His or Her Health Is Simple-Minded, Fatuous, and Dangerous|Kent Sepkowitz|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She who gives her heart, for this poor price, will sometime awake to a sense of her delusion.The Young Maiden|A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey
I never looked at her but I thought so; and her cuffs and apron merely accentuated the delusion.Police!!!|Robert W. Chambers
Rather than awaken from a dream and find everything a delusion, he would take his own life.Narcissus|Evelyn Scott
In one moment the delusion of years which he had accepted—nay, even encouraged—with a youth's indifference had been swept away.Woven with the Ship|Cyrus Townsend Brady
It is my conviction, or my delusion, no matter which, that crime brings its own fatality with it.The Moonstone|Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for delusion
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.
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Culture definitions for delusion
A false belief held despite strong evidence against it; self-deception. Delusions are common in some forms of psychosis. Because of his delusions, the literary character Don Quixote attacks a windmill, thinking it is a giant.