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  1. Psychiatry. a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasy are confused.
  2. the inability to recall the correct meaning of a word.
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Origin of paramnesia

From New Latin, dating back to 1885–90; see origin at par-, amnesia
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Related Words for paramnesia

inattention, semblance, deception, myth, confusion, image, delusion, fantasy, misconception, hallucination, nirvana, abstraction, negligence, laxness, blank, repression, oblivion, obliviousness, amnesia, suppression

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Historical Examples of paramnesia

  • It will perhaps be proper not to reduce all the phenomena of paramnesia to the same conditions.

    Criminal Psychology

    Hans Gross

  • Wigand and Maudsley think they see in paramnesia a simultaneous functioning of both relations.

  • Indeed, Krpelin asserts that paramnesia occurs only under normal circumstances.

British Dictionary definitions for paramnesia


  1. psychiatry a disorder of the memory or the faculty of recognition in which dreams may be confused with reality
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paramnesia in Medicine


  1. A distortion of memory in which fantasy and objective experience are confused.
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