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self-delusion

[self-di-loo-zhuh n, self-]
noun
  1. the act or fact of deluding oneself.
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Origin of self-delusion

First recorded in 1625–35
Related formsself-de·lud·ed [self-di-loo-did, self-] /ˈsɛlf dɪˈlu dɪd, ˌsɛlf-/, adjectiveself-de·lud·ing, adjective
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  • "A natural sort of self-delusion in its way," said Grenfell, carelessly.

    Luttrell Of Arran

    Charles James Lever

  • Any other reason or excuse she used was a sham, a self-delusion.

    Ten From Infinity

    Paul W. Fairman

  • If it was only a self-delusion, an hallucination, he told himself that he would be content.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

  • It is a self-delusion to attempt to derive monachism from the East.

  • But it was self-delusion: she loved another; she married him.

    The True Story of My Life

    Hans Christian Andersen


British Dictionary definitions for self-delusion

self-delusion

noun
  1. the act or state of deceiving or deluding oneself
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