delusional

[ dih-loo-zhuh-nl ]
/ dɪˈlu ʒə nl /
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adjective

having false or unrealistic beliefs or opinions: Senators who think they will get agreement on a comprehensive tax bill are delusional.
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.
Sometimes de·lu·sion·ar·y.

Definition for delusionary (2 of 2)

delusion

[ dih-loo-zhuhn ]
/ dɪˈlu ʒən /

noun

an act or instance of deluding.
the state of being deluded.
a false belief or opinion: delusions of grandeur.
Psychiatry. a fixed false belief that is resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact: a paranoid delusion.

Origin of delusion

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin dēlūsiōn- (stem of dēlūsiō), equivalent to dēlūs(us) (past participle of dēlūdere; see delude) + -iōn- -ion
SYNONYMS FOR delusion
Related formsde·lu·sion·al, de·lu·sion·ar·y, adjectivepre·de·lu·sion, noun
Can be confusedallusion delusion elusion hallucination illusion (see synonym study at illusion)
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British Dictionary definitions for delusionary

delusion

/ (dɪˈluːʒən) /

noun

a mistaken or misleading opinion, idea, belief, etche has delusions of grandeur
psychiatry a belief held in the face of evidence to the contrary, that is resistant to all reasonSee also illusion, hallucination
the act of deluding or state of being deluded
Derived Forms
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Medicine definitions for delusionary

delusion

[ dĭ-lōōzhən ]

n.

A false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
Related formsde•lusion•al adj.
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Science definitions for delusionary

delusion

[ dĭ-lōōzhən ]

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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Culture definitions for delusionary

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.

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