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paranoid

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used casually
Definition excessively suspicious that others want to harm you; or excessively fearful
  • Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
paranoid = excessively suspicious that others want to harm you; or excessively fearful
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • He wondered if Zigzag was just being paranoid.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • paranoid = excessively suspicious or fearful
  • Every minute, every hour, there was worry, or more to the point, paranoia. Criminal activity will do that to a person, especially a child.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • paranoia = excessive fear
  • I was getting paranoid.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • paranoid = excessively fearful
  • She said it had taken her years to convince Tyler to let her immunize their children, because some part of him still believed vaccines are a conspiracy by the Medical Establishment. ... How can he not see beyond their paranoia!
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoia = irrational fear
  • Ever since Apa had to go four times to clear up some mistake with Joon's Social Security number, he has become paranoid that people are trying to trick him.
    An Na  --  A Step from Heaven
  • paranoid = excessively suspicious that others want to harm you; or excessively fearful
  • For one paranoid second I'm sure she's talking about me—that somehow she has just read my mind—but then her friends explode with laughter, and one of them says, "I know."
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • paranoid = with excessive fear
  • She crossed the yard without a single turn of the head or the slightest pause of paranoia.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • paranoia = excessive fear
  • I remembered the walls made of grain sacks and ammunition boxes, of my father's fears and paranoias, his scriptures and prophecies.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoias = excessive fears
  • Paranoid, Rudy took the plate in just the one hand and wiped with the other.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
paranoid = feeling excessive fear

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used clinically
Definition suffering from a psychological disorder in which one is excessively distrustful of others — thinking "they are out to get me"
  • She was diagnosed with paranoid personality disorder.
paranoid = relating to a disorder in which one is excessively distrustful of others
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Excessive or prolonged use of the drug can cause paranoid delusions.
  • paranoid = relating to a disorder in which one is excessively distrustful of others
  • The irony was that if Dad was bipolar—or had any of a dozen disorders that might explain his behavior—the same paranoia that was a symptom of the illness would prevent its ever being diagnosed and treated.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • It was perhaps in another such fit of paranoia that Dad fired my mother's sister Angie.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • 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
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • 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
  • paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you
  • My parents were one of the largest employers in the county, but from what I could tell Dad's mental state made it difficult for him to maintain employees long-term: when he had a fit of paranoia, he tended to fire people with little cause.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
paranoia = excessive fear that others want to harm you

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