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She is a sincere but deluded idealist.
  to convince someone of a false belief
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  • She is a sincere but deluded idealist.
  • delusions of grandeur
  • The woman is delusional.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • If the poor soul is that delusional, he’s even sicker than I thought.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist

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  • as long as I was truly insane now, I might as well enjoy the delusions while they were pleasant.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • She’s delusional.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • In order to do that, we’d have to break down and talk about things that were more significant than font size in online newspapers and his fevered delusions about his time studying telekinesis with a group of monks in a Himalayan ice cave.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  The Impossible Knife of Memory
  • He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • You kids are supposed to be geniuses, not idiotic . delusional rebels.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Maybe it was because Yetta heard so many of the rich people grumbling as they left: "A little too radical for my tastes, frankly," and "Isn’t it appalling, how those socialists are deluding those poor little girls?"
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • Arc you delusional?
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • Ringer’s delusion will drive her to seek shelter with the very things she was tasked to destroy.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • And I let people on the outside hold their delusions, too.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • The irony was, now that delusions and paranoia were starting to get the best of him, it was true—he wasn’t safe at home, not with all those guns around.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • He was deluded by obsession; his logic and reasoning became corrupted, irrational, and increasingly dangerous.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • It had been discarded after long years of service, only to be resuscitated by a lanky, hollow-eyed ex-R. A. F. pilot who had delusions about starting his own airline in the Canadian North.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • At best Lorren would think I was delusional, at worst, a foolish child.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • "You’re delusional," I say, then turn to the others.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • You mean a delusional ex-emperor.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The cheers from across the gym were like volleys of arrows piercing our grand delusion.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Oh, weren’t human beings self-deluding!
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • I’ve only had one guy come close to provoking a physical or emotional response from me once, and that turned out to be a self-induced delusion.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • The very next day it felt like a dream, or a delusion.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • He’s more delusional than I am.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Since Bernie and I entertained delusions that we would somehow save the world, or at least a small portion of it, the idea of our own island, free from administrative supervision, appealed to us very much.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • More than a few Union soldiers drew a similar distinction between leaders and followers in the South, between an arrogant "aristocracy" and the deluded common people.
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • I felt myself relax a bit, but I wasn’t suffering under any delusion that we were about to start braiding friendship bracelets for each other.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • I was protective towards him and towards his stylishness, his exaggerations, his delusions.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • All of these evening sojourners at the Hunnicutts’, I now realize, must have been in the ad game or Wall Street or some other hollow profession, but then I remained unshaken in my delusion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • This is her accomplishment these days: deluding the tutor.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Unless I was delusional.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • No olfactory delusions.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • But that was the only delusional thing about the situation—hoping I wasn’t here.
    Bella Forrest  --  A Shade of Vampire
  • I was deluded, and I knew it.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • He hated every smug, deluded pore in their bodies.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • First the delusions start, then animal instincts begin to overpower the human ones.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • If you had any delusions about having power, I’d let them go now.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Am I deluded about having sponsors?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • "I don’t know where you get this delusion that I’m useless, but that’s what it is," I snap.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • Lucian was never the sort of man who would have deluded himself.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • These are delusions.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • In general, the greater the understanding, the greater the delusion; the more intelligent, the less sane.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This here was sin an’ delusion an’ devil stuff.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • And he wasn’t merely a drunk inflicting his delusions of talent on a captive audience.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Do not think that it was a delusion, Holmes.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • By the time of the delusion, they had three hundred acres, and their children were settled in separate homesteads within the same estate.
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • "Tris," he says sternly, "I don’t know what delusion you’re operating under, but this is all new to me, too."
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • A delusion, she saw.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • But I never deluded myself as to the real nature of my playmates.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • Are you any less deluded?
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
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Associated words [difficulty]:   delude [1] , elusive [2] , elude [3] , elude [3]
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