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delusions of grandeur

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Definition a grossly exaggerated belief in one's self-importance
  • He suffers from delusions of grandeur.
  • Delusions of grandeur made him confident he would be victorious.
  • I reached for some explanation and strange words came to mind, words I'd learned only minutes before: paranoia, mania, delusions of grandeur and persecution.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • delusions of grandeur = a grossly exaggerated belief in one's self-importance
  • I was sitting in Psychology 101 when the professor read the symptoms aloud from the overhead screen: depression, mania, paranoia, euphoria, delusions of grandeur and persecution.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • delusions of grandeur = a grossly exaggerated belief in one's self-importance
  • The meandering conversation, the boastful tales at the dinner table, the delusions of grandeur—that was syphilis of the brain, not just the spinal cord.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Victory gave us such insane delusions of grandeur that we helped start a world war we hadn't a chance of winning.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Then, later on I heard, 'Conceited, fantasizing, delusions of grandeur,' stuff like that.
    Judith Guest  --  Ordinary People
  • It was not innocence or delusions of grandeur.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Lilly says people who wear purple a lot usually have borderline personality disorders, because they have delusions of grandeur.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • Your father and his delusions of grandeur.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • We need to rectify this situation before you start suffering from delusions of grandeur.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Hopeless
  • Talk about delusions of grandeur.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Marked
  • "I believe the term that my staff came up with was 'Communist, terrorist-loving danger-to-the-Republic with delusions of grandeur.'
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • But it was only called the Yellow Dragon then, and neither of us had developed our delusions of grandeur.
    James A. Owen  --  Here, There be Dragons
  • He's just a collection of chemicals with delusions of grandeur," said Dr. Pritchett to a group of guests across the room.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Regardless, Zeus had held me responsible for Octavian's delusions of grandeur.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
  • If you really want to enjoy life, you must work quietly and humbly to realize your delusions of grandeur.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Delusions of grandeur.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • What comes through even more strongly is megalomania, delusions of grandeur, of complete loss of ability to understand the effect of what he was saying on others.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • # "It is not our function—paraphrasing a philosopher whom we do not like—to be a fly swatter, but when a fly acquires delusions of grandeur, the best of us must stoop to do a little job of extermination.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead

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