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delusional

[dih-loo-zhuh-nl]
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  1. having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions: Senators who think they will get agreement on a comprehensive tax bill are delusional.
  2. Psychiatry. maintaining fixed false beliefs even when confronted with facts, usually as a result of mental illness: He was so delusional and paranoid that he thought everybody was conspiring against him.
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Sometimes de·lu·sion·ar·y.
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Related Words

unrealistic, confused, deranged, neurotic, senile, paranoid, pretentious

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Historical Examples

  • The second kind of insanity is called illusional or delusional.

  • But the rapt bard was blinded, as his utterances show, by what now almost appears to have been a fit of delusional insanity.

    The Brothers' War

    John Calvin Reed

  • She's just traded identities—and everything else she does—everything else—stems logically out of her delusional premise.

    That Sweet Little Old Lady

    Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)

  • In this study Freud shows out of what infantile forms of thought and instincts the delusional system was built up.

  • The "melancholic" is evidently Newington's "delusional" without his more accurate discrimination of symptoms.

    Benign Stupors

    August Hoch


Word Origin and History for delusional

adj.

1871, from delusion + -al (1).

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